Dante's PeakFebruary 7, 1997
A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 5.7/10 (31,360 voted)
Critic's Score: 43/100
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith
Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante's Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante's peak is indeed dangerous. People's safety is being set against economical interests.
Jamie Renée Smith
Dr. Jane Fox
(as Carol Androsky)
Whatever you do, don't look back
Release Date: 7 February 1997
Filming Locations: Agua Dulce, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $18,479,435
(9 February 1997)
(1 January 1998)
Did You Know?
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
When the National Guard arrives and Sheriff Turner talks to the Lieutenant, the latter is wearing goggles on his helmet; in the reverse shot however the goggles are gone.
Isn't this beautiful, nestled all nice and cozy right up against the mountain?
Yeah, just like Pompeii.
Dude, you need to calm down…
After reading this last guy's review, I'd like to stick up for this movie
and offer a BALANCED review. In my opinion, Dante's Peak does a good job of
developing the characters (Dalton, R. Wando, the volcano as a character,
even the townsfolk), giving convincing backstory as to how volcanos behave
compared to scientists' expectations, making us care about the characters,
building tension through conflict between Dreyfus and Dalton, and using
effects to ramp up the intensity of the action scenes.
Yes, there were things in the script and the story which seemed a little
contrived and strained believability. The attitudes and behavior of the USGS
team were a little too informal and "hip" to seem real. The
driving-through-the-river and driving-through-the-lava scenes were really
too far out to be believed. Ruth's selfishness and patent stubbornness were
unbelievable but understandable. The scene where the pyroclastic cloud
chases them into the mine is pure hollywood fluff but still livable, mainly
because WE CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. I found the character of Dr. Paul
Dreyfuss to be right on. He explained the dilemma well during the city
council meeting scene. All of the characters are believable at least,
convincing at most.
I think the chemistry between Dalton and Wando is believable : Here you have
a scientist who is analytical and professional, but who is still in touch
with the lives of laypeople, and has a tender side. He has loved and lost
before and he senses that this new volcanic threat is akin to the last one
which "took" his love away. This re-enforces the precept that THIS TIME, HE
WON'T LET THE VOLCANO HURT THE ONES HE LOVES. Wando is the warm, slightly
ditsy mayor of Dante's Peak who displays the identifiable traits and values
of a northwesterner. She feels slightly overwhelmed by her mayoral duties,
raising her kids properly, and running her coffeeshop. She's had a previous
marriage to a deadbeat who left her at a vulnerable point. The arrival of
Dalton is very catalytic in her life. She's met the only man who has the
right answer about the volcano, likes her kids, likes her, is intriguing,
and is everything her ex wasn't. THIS IS THE MAKINGS OF A ROMANCE…DUH.
I'm really impressed that the filmmakers were able to pack this much
character development, backstory, romance, suspense, personal conflict, with
an intense end-sequence in under 1 1/2 hours! "Volcano" is a film with a
similar premise that,IMHO, doesn't even come close to Dante's Peak. While
this film is not deserving of an Oscar, IT IS A SOLID FILM, HAVING BEEN
WELL-CONCEIVED, WELL-DIRECTED, FAIRLY WELL-ACTED, AND AS SUCH IS
SUBSEQUENTLY WELL-DESERVING OF SOME CRITICAL ACCLAIM rather than getting a
baseless pummeling from reviewers who obviously expect to see a 5-star gem
everytime they go to the movies.