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(1997)

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The lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes.
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The ash was made mostly of ground newspaper.
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In the years since the movie, the Los Angeles Metro has been working towards extending subway service to Beverly Hills, on the Purple Line, not the Red Line. One of the proposed stops is at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, where they dammed the lava flow along the Miracle Mile.
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An elaborate miniaturized portion of the doomed city, which was destroyed as the lava flowed, was constructed inside hangar number one at the San Bernardino International Airport.
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The role of Mike Roark was originally offered to Ed Harris and Bill Pullman.
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Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of Dr. Amy Barnes.
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In the scene where the subway workers discover the lava at the train, Stan tells another worker "Give me a push.", that line was not in the script. John Carroll Lynch legitimately asked for help getting into the subway car and the line was left in the final cut.
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Most of the fire trucks in the movie were made by the Crown Corporation, with distinctive double-vertical headlights. Crown Corporation went out of business in 1991.
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The cell phone that Gator Harris gives Kelly Roark to talk with her father is a Motorola DynaTAC, commonly nicknamed "brick phone". The cell phone used by Mike Roark is a Motorola StarTAC, and the first flip phone created.
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The ash of the film was bought from Regal Inc. from Crothersville, Indiana and consisted of as stated before, ground up newspaper.
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2nd movie of 1997 based on volcanic eruption. The first one is Dante's Peak. Dante's Peak (1997) is considered more accurate than Volcano (1997) about Volcanic eruption.
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At one point in the movie, a Metro driver is reading a book before driving. This book is "Writing Screenplays That Sell", by Michael Hauge, published in 1988.
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The burns on the worker from the tunnel at the hospital were most likely sulpher burns. Sulpher has a very distinctive smell..like rotten eggs. Some medications have this smell, so it is likely that the doctor would know this smell.
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While Roark and Dr. Barnes are looking for lava under a street, Barnes comments the nonsense to build a big city with intense geological activity, and Roark answers mentioning a passage from Holy Bible. His passage is Matthew 7:26, which says: "...And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand".
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During the fire at Rancho La Brea, just before the rise of the volcano, can be seen briefly in a wall "George C. Page Museum". It's one of the most important museums of Los Angeles.
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Graffiti can be seen briefly at Rancho La Brea, with the quote "The magic is back". It refers to the New York Mets, being the slogan used by the team in its 1980 season.
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When Amy Barnes tries to determine the time remaining for the lava to arrive at Cedars-Sinai Hospital to make an eruption, she concludes about 29 minutes. Curiously, Alan Silvestri's soundtrack for the movie has a length of about 29 minutes.
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Don Cheadle and Keith David both later appeared in "Crash" (2004).
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The number of the bus used by Roark and the police to divert the lava in Wilshire Boulevard is 3736.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At one point in the movie, Rachel (Laurie Lathem) mentions an incident happened in Paricutin. It refers the creation of a volcano in the town of Paricutin (state of Michoacan, Mexico), when between 1941 and 1943, a volcano grew up around 1,150 feet in a few months, causing the evacuation of Paricutin and surrounding areas, due to a big volcanic eruption.
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Despite his several attempts, Chief Sindelar never gets to talk with Mike Roark. He always ends up talking with Emmit Reese.
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At the end of the movie, the volcano is named Mount Wilshire, indicating its status as "Active", which leaves the ending open for a possible sequel.
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During the evacuation of Wilshire Boulevard, after the rise of the volcano, two workers make a comment about Hieronymus Bosch, while they move various paintings. Bosch was a Netherlands painter (1450-1516), famous for his paintings about the Afterlife and apocalyptic visions.
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When Emmit Reese realizes Mike Roark's plan to divert the lava to the sea, Reese says "Man, I wanna be like Mike". This is a reference to the famous 1992 Gatorade commercial starring Michael Jordan, where its slogan was "I wanna be like Mike".
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The lava flows out from the La Brea Tar Pits to the street in front of 5820 Wilshire Boulevard, being diverted at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. It means that the lava traveled about 0.33 miles or 1745 feet.
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Throghout the movie appear several labels indicating time and place where the action is happening. The different labels are (in order of apparition):

-9:13 AM: Hospital St. Vincent, Los Angeles Center.

-9:23 AM: Stanley Avenue, South Wilshire Boulevard.

-9:25 AM: Works at Red Line of Subway.

-9:38 AM: Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.).

-9:47 AM: MacArthur Park.

-2:10 AM: Rancho La Brea, Wilshire Boulevard

-5:14 AM: Mojave Desert, 65 Miles from Los Angeles

-5:16 AM: Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.).

-5:17 AM: Wilshire Boulevard.

-5:28 AM: Subway Control Center.

-5:41 AM: Stanley Avenue with Wilshire.

-5:55 AM: Red Line Tunnel.

-5:59 AM: Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

-6:09 AM: Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

-6:18 AM: Hard Rock Cafe, Beverly Center.

-6:52 AM: Wilshire and Western.

-7:00 AM: Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

-7:13 AM: Beverly Heights Center.

-7:18 AM: Beverly Center Basement.

-7:24 AM: Hard Rock Cafe, Beverly Center Tower.
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The place where Roark and the emergency teams build the wall to stop the lava is the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
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The building where Jane and Norman Calder meet at the beginning of the movie, is the same building that Roark uses to create an artificial dam to divert the lava to the Pacific Ocean.
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Chief Sindelar and Wendy, Mike Roark's ex wife, are the only characters that never appear on screen. They are just heard in phone calls.
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During the attempt to stop the lava in the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, Bud McVie faces a cop saying "I knew it, I'm going to be the volcano version of Rodney King". It's a nod to the Rodney King incident that happened on March 3, 1991.
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The place of the final volcanic eruption, when the lava rises from the underground, is the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard, at the side of Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Services Building, and in front of the Macy's building, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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