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DANTE'S PEAK

SYNOPSIS:
Danteís Peak is an idyllic community of 8,000 nestled at the foot of a towering mountain in the northern Cascades, thatís just been named one of the best American communities to live in. Itís also home to a dormant volcano thatís drawn the interest of volcanologist Harry Dalton (Brosnan) of the U.S. Geological Survey. After some preliminary research, he tells town mayor and single mom, Rachel Nando (Hamilton), that the town should begin preliminary evacuation plans. But the people of Danteís Peak, donít believe that a volcano would erupt on them. After an initial, small eruption, the townspeople try racing to safety before the big blast occurs.

"Hollywood loves a big bang, explosions more thrilling than anything else weíve seen, and Danteís Peak is studio film making at its most accomplished. Accomplished in the sense that what you see is what you get, no more, no less. Some $100 million or so was spent on this film, but itís a bit short on character and credibility, while long on extraordinary special effects. As director Roger Donaldson is happy to admit, he intended to make a larger-than-life Hollywood spectacle, and on that level, he achieved greatness. The script is a tad tired, but then this genre film is for the director, not the writer and certainly not the actors. Brosnan is his capable, steely self, but Hamilton is looking worse for wear. The real star of this picture is a volcano that erupts as nothing before has erupted. For these scenes alone, this movie is worth a peak --- sorry, peek."
- Paul Fischer

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DANTEíS PEAK (PG)
(US)

CAST: Pierce Brosnam, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Grant Heslov, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renee Smith, Jeremy Foley, Arabella Field, Tzi Ma, Brian Reddy, Kirk Trutner

DIRECTOR: Roger Donaldson

PRODUCER: Gale Anne Hurd, Joseph M. Singer

SCRIPT: Leslie Bohem

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrzej Bartkowiak

EDITOR: Howard Smith, Conrad Buff, Tina Hirsch

MUSIC: John Frizzell (Theme James Newton Howard)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dennis Washington

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 27, 1997

Paul Fischer's Interview with Roger Donaldson







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