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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.


David Giancola


David Giancola (story and screenplay)




Credited cast:
John Schneider ... Tom Dobbs
Jesse Eisenberg ... Eric Dobbs
Michele Greene ... Barbara Dobbs
Gary Sandy ... Luke
Barbara Crampton ... Mayor Sylvia Scott
Stacy Keach ... Bart Pointdexter
Chase Masterson ... Anna
Erika Thomas ... Chloe
John James ... Porter Randall
Tim McKay ... Dr. Fitzhugh
Miles Chapin ... Giles
Joshua J. Masters Joshua J. Masters ... Lineman #2
Peter L. Beckwith Sr. Peter L. Beckwith Sr. ... Slocum
Paul Schnabel Paul Schnabel ... Marty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Charles 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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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Germany | USA



Release Date:

3 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

100 Millionen Volt - Inferno am Himmel See more »

Filming Locations:

Northfield, Vermont, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Quite unrealistic
17 August 2002 | by Ole' MaxSee all my reviews

This movie is quite unrealistic. Obviously the story writers didn't bother collect information on weather phenomena. The big problem with colliding weather system isn't lightning but torrential rains accompanied with floodings, and strong storms, even tornados. It is also obsolete that a boy would find out more about the weather than the weather forecasting organisations like the NOAA and others. There are so many exciting scenarios for weather-related disasters--so why did they choose something so unrealistic?

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