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On Hostile Ground (2000)

A geologist tries to prevent a huge sinkhole from devouring New Orleans during Mardi Gras.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Andrews
... Allison Beauchamp
... Cindy Evers
... Dalton
... George Regan
... Remy
... Mayor John Lafitte
Ron Gabriel ... Councilman
Ardon Bess ... Smiley
... Andre
Roger McKeen ... Jimmy Gutro, PW Supervisor
... Police Chief
Geoffrey Bowes ... Frank, Chief Engineer
... Voodoo Lady
... Women in BMW (as Kirsten Bishopric)


At the outskirts of New Orleans a sewage tunnel caves in; city officials are less concerned about the worker who was killed then about possible repercussions on the impending Mardi Gras in the French Quarter, which is the tourist hight point of the year in Louisiana, so the priority is to prevent a panic. Still Allison Beauchamp, under whose responsibility public works fall in city hall, calls on her intimate friend, geologist Matt Andrews, who is extremely cautious since an accident only he blames himself for, to investigate. Shortly after another cave in, he finds and reports -even arranging radar material was opposed by the Mardi Gras lobby- that such sink holes are caused by the lingering on of a fire in underground tunnels trough peat layers, so there's no way of telling where and when more sink-holes will collapse, but it may happen all over the city, and two million tourists joining in the reveling increase the risk, so everyone is in danger. However city press secretary George... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinkhole  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,367, 8 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,595, 15 April 2001
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Did You Know?


Mardi Gras in New Orleans shot in Toronto in December! See more »


When looking at the NOPD cars they are clearly missing their yearly inspection sticker on the drivers side. All cars (personnel or city owned) are required to have them in New Orleans. See more »

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Blandly formulaic, but with terrifying sinkholes!
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have seen all of the recent crop of disaster films and just wish they would stop making them! Sinkholes?! Tornadoes and volcanoes can be scary, but sinkholes?! I can't get past the fact that moviemakers seem to have run out of ideas. In all fairness it was a cheap TV picture, but still, sinkholes?! Besides the weak natural disaster the movie follows every formula from every other movie of this type. The lead is afraid to evacuate due to some previous mistake, yet still has time for a love interest etc...

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