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Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 3 November 2001
Overwhelmed by a disastrous lightning storm that his son predicted, a man must learn to trust his son in order to save his family and the whole community.



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Credited cast:
... Tom Dobbs
... Eric Dobbs
... Barbara Dobbs
... Luke
... Mayor Sylvia Scott
... Bart Pointdexter
... Anna
... Chloe
... Porter Randall
... Dr. Fitzhugh
... Giles
Joshua J. Masters ... Lineman #2
Peter L. Beckwith Sr. ... Slocum
Paul Schnabel ... Marty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Charles ... Student


Sheriff Tom Dobbs takes a dim view of his bright, nerdy son Eric's fascination with meteorology, unlike his physics teacher. Eric has an original theory to predict an exceptionally devastating storm, bout the St. Louis regional met office director refuses to take them seriously, just like Tom. After the facts prove Eric right, the town suffers apocalyptic damage. Eric tells dad he sees one way out. Written by KGF Vissers

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3 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

100 Millionen Volt - Inferno am Himmel  »

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The car that the Mayor drives is a Porsche 986 Boxster. See more »


In the fictional Weather Service offices in St. Louis, there is a scene of reporting equipment for various counties in Missouri. One device is labeled as "Columbia." This should actually be "Boone," the name of the county in which the town Columbia is located. Albeit, several of these counties are actually monitored by the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service location, it's possible for St. Louis to have reporting equipment for them. See more »


Followed by Lightning: Bolts of Destruction (2003) See more »

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Lightning Fire from the Sky: Not the worst
24 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

Lightning: Fire from the Sky is the first of two Lightning themed movies that will have inevitably have been making the rounds on the Scyfy channel.

It stars Dukes Of Hazard/Smallville alumni John Schneider, industry veteran Stacy Keach and hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg.

It tells the story of a young man with a fascination for lightning (How convenient) who begins to see evidence that a 100yr storm is on its way to his town. But who can he convince and what can he do to combat it?

It's all your usual cliched all the way to hell, predictible, naff looking and all by the numbers stuff but to be fair I've seen a lot worse.

What makes this rise above mediocrity is the cast, those three and the supporting faces do a decent enough job that manages to mask some the movies obvious flaws.

Generic stuff, but passable in its own way.

The Good:

Cast do a good job

Some really good writing in places

The Bad:

Cliched to hell

Ending is really dumb

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Eisenberg truly did find greatness, from small beginnings

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