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Genre: Disaster
Directed By: Mick Jackson
Produced By: Andrew Z. Davis
Neal H. Moritz
Lauren Shuler Donner
Written By: Jerome Armstrong
Billy Ray
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones
Anne Heche
Gaby Hoffmann
Don Cheadle
Keith David
Cinematography: Theo van de Sande
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 25, 1997
Runtime: 104 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $90 million
Box Office: $122.8 million

Volcano is a 1997 American disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner.


After a minor earthquake hits Los Angeles, a newly formed volcano erupts from under the city. Initially reluctant and disbelieving, the city officials rush to the rescue along with a plucky seismologist.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of having Los Angeles getting rudely interrupted by a volcanic eruption at the La Brea Tar Pits and lava filling the streets in the city of Los Angeles, and the lava goes on the full-rage and threatening to destroy the city of Los Angeles making the premise original.
  2. Well-done acting, especially from Tommy Lee Jones.
  3. The movie shares a touching moment.
  4. Most of the characters are likable, such as Michael "Mike" Roark, the director of the O.E.M.
  5. Decent, and a hellish-written plot that it gives plenty of more screen time on the lava on the streets of Los Angeles.
  6. Extensive special effects for the lava in a lot of scenes with most of them being practical.
  7. Amazing cinematography.
  8. Epic, the amazing soundtrack that was performed by Alan Silvestri (the same composer for The Avengers, Back to the Future, etc.) with the main theme appropriately titled March of the Lava.
  9. The movie has dramatic and heartbreaking scenes (eg. the scene where Stan Olber carries a train driver to safety, but jumps into the lava and throws a train driver leaving him to get burned to death.)
  10. The final act with lava erupting in the streets against the humans and the demolition team blowing up the newest building of Los Angeles making a gap so the lava can flow out into the ocean.
  11. Shortly after the film cuts to black, the film ends with the Randy Newman song I Love L.A. as the credits roll.

Bad Qualities

  1. The story can be pretty predictable, and cliche at times.


The film received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 50% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic scores a film a 55/100 "Mixed or average reviews" and holds a 5.9/10 user score rating on the same site. On IMDb, the film holds a 5.5/10. Although it gains a cult following.






Declan Kearns

7 months ago
Score 0
This is my favourite volcano. Although a lot of people say Dante's Peak (which I still enjoy) is better. But I still like Volcano more.


7 months ago
Score 1
Spongebuff1991 (David) likes it too.


4 months ago
Score -1
Guys, Dante's Peak will be on Awful Movies Wiki.


4 months ago
Score 0
Except they won't.


8 days ago
Score 0
WTF! Why does the Blu-Ray of this movie cost like around $100?!

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