Dante's Peak

Continuity mistake: When they are driving up the mountain to get to her kids, they cross a river and they get hit on the passenger side of the truck shattering the window, but later when they show them going up the mountain there is a new window there.

Continuity mistake: When Rachel and Harry are crossing the river in the truck, they get obviously very wet. By the time they get to Ruth's lodge, they seem quite dried out.

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Suggested correction: There was a couple of hours pass between them driving through the lake and getting to Ruth's. It was daylight when they drove through the lake and pitch black when they got there. Speaking from experience, the trucks heater would have dried their clothes in that time.

Continuity mistake: Mr. Custer has an on and off problem with his glasses when registering Harry Dalton. When seen full face, his glasses are in his shirt pocket--yet, when seen from the back, he has his glasses on!

Continuity mistake: Just after the helicopter crashes, check out the two full-view shots of the vehicle that show the top running lights. Of the three that are left, the middle one has been knocked crooked. After these two shots, the lights are all perfectly aligned again.

Continuity mistake: Near the start of the movie, during the violent eruption when the major characters have quickly loaded their gear into the truck and are trying to escape, the shot changes back and forth from looking into the cabin of the truck from the front and then looking forward out through the windscreen. The windscreen wipers are running at very different speeds. From inside, they run very fast (probably so you can see out through the mud) and very slowly from outside (probably to accentuate the mud etc).

Neil Glassford

Continuity mistake: When Harry, Rachel, and the kids drive into the mine at the end of the movie, there are already tire tracks there before them, despite plenty of ash having fallen to cover tracks made earlier. Who would have been going in or out of the mine before that?

Continuity mistake: When Harry and Rachel are making their way back to Rachel's house after the volcano's initial explosion we see them go down an alley to avoid all the traffic. As they move down the alley we see a pile of bricks fall from a roof and hit the front of the truck and window which causes large cracks in the glass on the passenger side. However, immediately after this we see the car and in all shots from the outside of the vehicle the cracks are no longer visible.

Scrappy

Continuity mistake: Just as Grandma jumps out of the boat you see Harry move towards her. You can see (and hear) his foot hit the bottom of the boat, when just before, it showed the boat almost completely full of acid.

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Suggested correction: His pant leg to mid upper shin shows it's soaked.

Continuity mistake: The watch of one of the councilmen shows 1.40. (the stubby one in the white shirt, the one that tries to get the investor to invest in the city). Some 18 seconds later it shows 1.45.

Continuity mistake: When they get in the boat to cross the lake, they notice dead fish floating on top of the water. On the other side of the lake, there are no dead fish.

Continuity mistake: After Terry falls in the crater, watch Harry climbing down to him. Harry is almost down, then the scene flashes to him at the top of the rim again, and he makes his way down a second time.

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, and the wide shots show it's moving much faster than vehicle speed. We see the pyroclastic cloud just metres behind the truck - it would overtake them in seconds.

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Suggested correction: A pyroclastic flow can have a speed of up to 400km/h. The key word here is "up to" and in reality they are usually much slower than this with the average speed being around 100km/h. Scientists believe the flow that followed the eruption of Saint Helens in 1980 had a maximum speed of just 72km/h.

Read the posting again, watch the film again. " the wide shots show it's moving much faster than vehicle speed." The pyroclastic flow at Mt St Helens may have been slow enough to outrun, but the one at Dante's Peak wasn't. This also makes this a continuity mistake as the sped of the flow varies drastically from shot to shot.

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

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Trivia: The ‘volcanic ash' you see in this movie is actually finely shredded newspapers.

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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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