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Volcano (1997)

Tommy Lee Jones , Anne Heche , Mick Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Jacqueline Kim
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Writers: Billy Ray, Jerome Armstrong
  • Producers: Andrew Z. Davis, Lauren Shuler Donner, Martha R. Cotton, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630528072X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Volcano" on IMDb

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Get mindless for awhile with this 1997 disaster flick, starring the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles as a funky place for lava to spew, plus Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche as the brave souls who know how to shut off the spout. Director Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard) wastes no time getting to the good stuff--it's happening even before opening credits are over--and neither should anyone in the mood for technical efficiency without the burden of art. --Tom Keogh

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Something unspeakably chilling is heating up The City of Angels. Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano pushes to the surface, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city. Experience the pulse-pounding thrills as the dream capital of the world erupts into the stuff nightmares are made of.

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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than that other volcano movie with James Bond ;) November 30, 1999
Format:DVD
I've watched this movie dozens of times, the first being at an ampitheater in Indiana on a cold fall day. I hadn't heard of it before but the tickets were free, so I checked it out. Wow! What a movie! I couldn't believe it, the entire time I was sitting on the edge of my seat, I left with no fingernails at all. All the actors were just terriffic, especially Tommy Lee Jones, who just adds flair to any film he's in. I'm not sure where people get off saying that this movie is too fantastical, either. As they say in the film, one day in Mexico a man saw a smoking fissure in his field; the next day there was a volcano growing there. That story is completely true, and it's happened repeatedly throughout the world. Why couldn't it happen in LA, the most geologically unstable major city? That's like saying that an earthquake can never hit New York City because it just can't happen. And as the current quote on the page said, you can't fight nature? The techniques used in Volcano are used constantly in Iceland and Greenland, which are all highly geologically unstable places with many volcanos. Anywho :) off my soapbox, if you've got a second, check this out on a large TV with a huge sound system! And skip that Dante's whatever, Volcano is the bomb... literally.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept February 6, 2005
Format:DVD
There are a lot of reasons why this fundamental concept of this movie is implausible, and a number of dumb things happen in the movie, and yet the concept itself is interesting and was handled reasonably well.

Similar to the "other" volcano movie, "Dante's Peak," there are several indications that something geologic is happening. Death by hot gas blast is usually a pretty solid indication of that sort of thing (which happens before the volcano does its thing). After a number of interesting things happen a volcano bursts to the ground. The scenes of the volcano going "boom" are among the best scenes in the movie.

The real story takes off after the volcano finally erupts. We see absurd silliness as people continue to drive by the erupting volcano. I am unsure of why people would rather take the short cut and risk death by lava versus going the long way around, but maybe it is just me. We also see emergency services leader Mike Roark's (Tommy Lee Jones) daughter Kelly (Gaby Hoffmann) hang around her dad's SUV so long that he has to stop rescuing a fireman to rescue her, which subsequently allows the fireman to die. There is a lesson in this tragedy: when you see an erupting volcano, run.

Mike Roark attempts to work with the fire department to stop the lava flow, eventually succeeding. However, lava is an irresistible force and if it is not flowing above ground, then it finds somewhere else to flow. Soon Mike and seismologist Dr. Amy Barnes (Ann Heche) next try to predict the behavior of the rapidly flowing lava, setting up the climax of the movie, which involves imminent destruction of a hospital, and possibly Mike's daughter Kelly.

The action in this movie is generally good. I thought the lava effects were generally well done.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Volcano March 10, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In 1997 there were two eagerly anticipated volcano movies released. Dante's Peak was more of a blockbuster hit, but not very accurate from a geologist's standpoint. Volcano was more realistic and accurate. It was nice to see a disaster movie depicted as it would naturally happen.

Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche were wonderful to watch!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. December 16, 2001
Format:DVD
"But I'm lava...what beats that?" a child says during a game of 'rock, paper, scissors' after having witnessed the nearly instantaneous creation of a volcano in the middle of Los Angeles.
That line must be the greatest single piece of dialogue in movie history. But don't worry -- I didn't give anything away. There are plenty of gems like that throughout the film.
This is the type of movie you go into not expecting much; I was not disappointed! Just sit back, and feel the brain cells melt away!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good action/thriller flick. February 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is good. It has good special effects. I think it is better than dante's peak. This movie also isn't very long like some disaster movies are. I like disaster movies and this one is one that wins place in my heart. Buy it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jones & Co. Make It Work July 23, 2002
Format:DVD
Without question, movies can be educational and informative; a powerful medium, the cinema inherently encourages global communications and creates a common thread that binds the nations of the world together. But lest we forget, the primary function of the motion picture is entertainment-- and one of the tried and true approaches to effecting that end successfully is taking a hypothetical situation and presenting it in story form by employing all of the talent and technology available that will make it as real as possible. And when it's done right, it provides the audience with a memorable experience while affording a respite from the daily grind, which is exactly what "Volcano," directed by Mick Jackson does. it's a film that asks, "What if?" and then answers it's own question in a way that's exciting and purely entertaining. It does call upon the audience to suspend disbelief, however, and there are those who will draw a haughty breath and laugh at the idea of a volcano erupting in Los Angeles and will refuse to give this story a chance; bear in mind, however, that it's these very same pseudo-intellectuals who, prior to May 18th, 1980, scoffed and disdainfully dismissed out-of-hand even the possibility that Mount St. Helens could erupt during our lifetime. So, put it into that kind of perspective, if you can, then sit back and relax and let this movie do what it was meant to do: Entertain you. And on a grand scale.
Waiting for the "big one" to hit may be a way of life for those living in California, especially in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, but suddenly there's some pronounced seismic activity in the L.A.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hot
it's so funny to think about a volcano in cal,but hay you never know anything is possiable in this day in age
Published 7 days ago by Gemini rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quality Of This Film Is Amazing
I like This Movie So much that I re watched it about 10 or more time i lost count after 10
Published 1 month ago by STEVEN GIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Glad I was able to get it. I plan to do more shopping from amazon in the future. Keep up the good work.
Published 1 month ago by Michael H Smits
5.0 out of 5 stars It's very good I like it
I like movies like this it's ,right now it's action, it's moving any keeps your attention. The plot is very well put together.
Published 2 months ago by Sandy M. Stenulson Sissymay
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch again
Even though it was an older show it was a good show. Good story line. Great effects. Would watch again.
Published 2 months ago by Kc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie without some of the language
Fun movie with great effects. The acting is very good and no slow moments in the movie. It is action from beginning to end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A really fun movie. One that I get the urge to watch now and then. Lots of suspense! Lots of fun.
Published 3 months ago by Kah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disaster flick
Hey, I love disaster flicks. and this is one of my favorite. The movies grabs you and it moves quick. For its time the special effects are great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura Lezlie Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
I love this movie. Tommy Lee Jones is great in it. It's diffidently has things that are a ridiculous but it's a Hollywood movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by love to read books
1.0 out of 5 stars Not coded for US play
that it was formatted for distribution in Australia New Zeland and Pacific area and not playable on US coded dvd player. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JJ Bear
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