Dante's Peak

Harry (Pierce Brosnan) is a volcanologist and travels to Dante's Peak in the Pacific Northwest to investigate some slight rumblings of a once thought extinct volcano. He meets divorcee, Rachel (Linda Hamilton), the mayor of Dante's Peak. Harry finds definite signs that the volcano will explode and puts the Mayor and city leaders on alert; however, his boss and the rest of the team arrives who disagree with his findings. Later that evening, Harry finds definitive evidence and alerts his team and the Mayor. The next day during a town meeting where they decide to evacuate, the volcano explodes. Rachel has a stubborn mother-in-law who doesn't want to leave her home near the lake up the mountain, so unknowingly to Rachel, Rachel's two kids drive up the mountain to get her (the kids are probably around 12 and 14). The remainder of the movie is dedicated to Harry, Rachel, the 2 kids and the mother-in-law trying to get to safety. The mother-in-law dies along the way. Harry, Rachel, the 2 kids, and the dog escape the volcanic explosion by slamming into an abandoned mine. They are found by rescuers and fly off together in a helicopter planning a vacation deep sea fishing.

Annette

Factual error: That truck they're driving had better be fitted with a couple of powerful rocket motors, because they outdrive a pyroclastic explosion, which would be moving at about 300kmh. We see the pyroclastic cloud just metres behind the truck - it would overtake them in seconds.

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Harry Dalton: I've always been better at feeling out volcanoes than people and politics.

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Trivia: When we see Paul in the van as it is taken over by the overflowing river, just as he hits the water, we hear the Wilhelm scream.

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Question: I'm asking this because I don't really know a lot about volcanoes but, at the beginning of the movie, Harry was in the middle of a volcano eruption with: rain; rocks falling etc. When the volcano in Dante's Peak erupted, it was different from before, meaning that there was no rain (but ash), rivers strong enough to break a dam, burning water, dead wildlife etc. Even at the end of the movie, the volcano still had one more eruption before it finally died down. My question is, are all volcano eruptions not the same or are they just unpredictable when they explode? It just seems kind of odd that Harry was experiencing different things in nature after the volcano exploded. I hope I explained this enough; I'm just curious is all.

Answer: Volcanic eruptions can range from ash eruption to hot gas eruption to lava eruption to explosive eruption. Movies tend to inaccurately lump all of these eruptions together.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Volcanoes can differ because of type of volcano, type of eruption, and region. The Pacific Northwest has a history of volcanoes that erupt not lava, but rock, gas, and ash. Other regions (like Hawaii and Central Africa) erupt primarily lava. Age of the volcano is also a factor.

Greg Dwyer
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