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Published on Jan 14, 2012
Official Trailer for Volcano (1997)
Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray. The film stars veteran actors Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, and Don Cheadle. Jones is cast as the head of a crisis agency called the Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.) which has complete authority in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. His character attempts to divert the path of a dangerous lava flow through the streets of Los Angeles following the formation of a volcano.
A joint collective effort to commit to the film's production was made by the film studios of 20th Century Fox, Moritz Original and Shuler Donner/Donner Productions. It was commercially distributed by 20th Century Fox. Volcano explores civil viewpoints, such as awareness, evacuation and crisis prevention. Although the film used extensive special effects, it failed to receive any award nominations from mainstream motion picture organizations for its production merits.
Volcano premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on April 25, 1997 grossing $49,323,468 in domestic ticket receipts. It earned an additional $73.5 million in business through international release to top out at a combined $122,823,468 in gross revenue. Taking into account its $90 million budget, the film was technically considered a moderate financial success after its theatrical run. Despite its release and recognition, Dante's Peak (which was released 2 months before) gained more commercial success and scientists favored Dante's Peak over Volcano due to scientific facts on volcanoes. It was also met with mixed critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas. The Region 1 Code widescreen edition of the film featuring special features was released on DVD in the United States on March 9, 1999.