Dante's Peak

Dante's Peak

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Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan

     
 

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Old Smokey develops a bad temper in this volcanic disaster spectacle. Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) is a volcano expert whose interest became more than academic after he lost the woman he loved in a volcanic emergency. When he is sent to investigate unusual seismic activity in the quiet Pacific Northwest community of Dante's Peak, he discovers people boiled to death… See more details below

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Old Smokey develops a bad temper in this volcanic disaster spectacle. Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) is a volcano expert whose interest became more than academic after he lost the woman he loved in a volcanic emergency. When he is sent to investigate unusual seismic activity in the quiet Pacific Northwest community of Dante's Peak, he discovers people boiled to death in the local hot spring and plant and animal life dying or displaying unusual illnesses near the city's supposedly dormant volcano. Harry becomes convinced that a major volcanic catastrophe is in the cards. Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), the town's mayor, is a single mother who also runs the local cafe, and now that Dante's Peak has been named one of the most desirable small towns in America, tourists have been flocking to the diner and other local businesses. While concerned with the safety of her community, Rachel takes a cynical view of Harry's warnings about the volcano; she has no desire to alarm either the town's residents or the wealthy visitors lining the city's pockets. Nevertheless, Harry tries to convince Rachel of the potential danger, as they begin to develop feelings for each other that are not strictly professional. The summer of 1997 was a big season for killer volcanoes at the movies, as Dante's Peak and Volcano opened within a few months of each other.

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Formulaic disaster movies have endured as a genre because every so often, one of them perfectly captures the sense of normal life supplanted by utter chaos. Dante's Peak is a textbook case of this -- formulaic to a fault, yet exceptionally thrilling. Its de rigueur opening vignette establishes the gravity of a volcanic eruption quite nicely, as Pierce Brosnan's daring seismologist escapes from a native village at ground zero just a tad too late. If the fist-sized chunk of smoldering rock that punches through the roof of his pickup is enough to bring convulsive death to his girlfriend, just imagine the capabilities of the torrent of smoke and magma behind it. The tense opening lurks in the viewer's consciousness as Brosnan shows up in the Pacific Northwest and starts looking around ominously. Director Roger Donaldson has stacked the deck smartly, so when local government starts weighing Brosnan's calculations against lost tourist revenue, it's believably nerve-wracking and frustrating. Once the lava starts flowing, the film gives up some of its authenticity in favor of thrilling escapes and implausible science. But like the opening, and the best parts of every good disaster movie, it's the failed escapes that make for gripping theater. Dante's Peak is far superior to its unexciting rival from the same summer, Volcano, which forgoes the explosive pyrotechnics captured here in favor of (yawn) the effort to barricade a pesky lava flow slowly advancing on Los Angeles.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
UPC:
0025192072949
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
17,347

Special Features

Getting Close to the Show: The making of Dante's Peak ; Feature commentary with director Roger Donaldson and production designer Dennis Washington; D-Box motion enabled

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan Harry Dalton
Linda Hamilton Rachel Wando
Charles Hallahan Paul Dreyfus
Grant Heslov Greg
Elizabeth Hoffman Ruth
Jamie Renee Smith Lauren Wando
Jeremy Foley Graham Wando
Arabella Field Nancy
James Fox Stan
Brian Reddy Les Worrell
Kirk Trutner Terry Furlong

Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Leslie Bohem Screenwriter
Louisa Bonnie Set Decoration/Design
Conrad Buff Editor
Allison Cowitt Casting
Digital Domain Special Effects
Mike Fenton Casting
Mary Finn Set Decoration/Design
John Frizzell Score Composer,Songwriter
David M. Haber Set Decoration/Design
Jim Halty Stunts
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Tina Hirsch Editor
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McClung Special Effects Supervisor
Geoff Murphy Associate Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Pezza Art Director
David Sardi Asst. Director
Marliese Schneider Co-producer
George Simpson Sound Editor
Joseph M. Singer Producer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Raymond Stella Cinematographer
Tom Targownik Taylor Art Director
Dennis Washington Production Designer

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