Dante's Peak

Dante's Peak (1997)

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Terry are on the volcano with Spider Legs and Terry breaks his leg, they need to call for a helicopter to come rescue them. How did they get up there? I don't think they were able to hike up the volcano, let alone hike up there with Spider Legs and their other equipment. After all, it took 4 people just to get Spider Legs off the rolling cart in the motel parking lot.


Correction: They may have been dropped off by the helicopter which was instructed to go back to land, and return at specific time since the pair may have planned to stay in the volcano for a while.

Corrected entry: Harry and Rachel call a town meeting because there is danger that the volcano is about to erupt, yet she chances leaving her kids alone at home instead of taking them with her.

Correction: How is that possibly a film mistake? It was her choice in the movie and obviously a stupid one.

Corrected entry: Pierce Brosnan drives into the mineshaft to avoid the lava flow, but at the end of the movie, the car headlights are facing out.

Correction: This is definitely incorrect. The truck is shown several times with the front end still buried in the mine, with rescuers actually standing in the bed of the truck. The bulldozer then pulls it free, still rear-end-first. No headlights are anywhere to be seen, only the truck's taillights, and the split bed and truck boxes are prominently visible.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: If the Mayor and Harry know that the volcano would erupt soon, then why would they run the risk of letting the kids stay up on the mountain?

Correction: They don't do anything of the sort. Harry and Rachel drive up the mountain despite the dangerous conditions in order to get the kids BACK.

Phil C.

I think what they meant is why Rachel wouldn't keep her kids with her if she and Harry knew the mountain was gonna blow. After all, they asked why she left them ON the mountain, not basically that she abandoned them altogether and didn't care about their safety.

Corrected entry: When Harry, Rachel, her children and Grandma are escaping from Grandma's cabin, the volcanic lava breaks through the wall and everyone runs out the door, but there is no way they could possibly outrun the lava, since it's flowing quite rapidly.

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Correction: The front flow of lava moves very slow, the fastest recorded was 6 miles an hour. It's lava that's in already established flow channels that moves rapidly.


Corrected entry: When the helicopter crashes, Harry calls and asks his friend to send for the fire services. Isn't it likely that they are busy in the town helping to evacuate the people?

Correction: Yes. And as soon as Harry does so, Greg responds, "Jesus, Harry. O-kay." in a frustrated tone, implying that they've already got their hands pretty full, but he'll do what he can.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: The scene takes place near the end when Dalton and the Wandos are in the boat, after the volcano starts to erupt. The water is really acidic and is making the boat disintegrate. When Ruth jumps out of the boat it burns her flesh. Before this occurred and during the boat melting, there were bodies of fish floating all over the lake.

Correction: Is this suggesting that the acid would have dissolved all the fish entirely? All of the dead fish are seen to be partially or mostly eaten away by the acid as well. Even strong acids take a while to act, and since the volcanic activity has only been going on for a short time, it hasn't been long enough to dissolve everything in the lake.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When Harry and the Wandos are crossing the lake which has turned into acid, you can hear the motor coughing right before it stops; and Harry turns the motor into the boat, and sees that the propeller is destroyed by the acid. Even though the propeller is gone, the motor shouldn't just stop, it would still run, but the boat wouldn't move. The director probably did this so that the viewers would understand that the motor was destroyed

Correction: Those types of boat motors use the water to cool itself by cycling the water through the internals of the motor. The acid would have indeed caused the motor to die by destroying it.

Corrected entry: After the dead bodies are found in the hot springs, Harry asks Rachel, "Any idea who they were?" Rachel responds, "No. Never seen them before. Backpackers maybe." Rachel would have no idea if she's ever seen them, as the bodies were literally boiled and burned. (00:20:10)


Correction: Their clothes would have contained ID, therefore she could have gone off that information.


Corrected entry: When Harry and Rachel go to get her kids they cross the bridge and all the cars are going the same way - to get out of town. When they find out that the kids went to get Grandma, they go back through the water, since the bridge is packed. A few cars follow their example and try to cross the river - why are these cars going back to the town rather than away from it?

Correction: The cars are not coming from the same direction that Harry took. They saw Harry drive down the bank on the "out-of-town" side, heading back towards town, and thought they could make it across the river FROM the "in-town" side, heading away from town.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When Graham and his sister are driving in the truck, there is ash and dirt falling from the sky. But at the same time when Harry and Rachel are driving in their truck to look for the kids, there is no ash or dirt falling.

Correction: They're further down the mountain - it hasn't reached them yet.

Corrected entry: When they are driving to escape the lava, the scene where the dog jumps in and is saved, they are driving through molten lava and their tires don't melt.

Correction: They catch fire - they're later seen driving on the rims

Corrected entry: When they are running from the lava, and see the boat, it is already in the water. Wouldn't it have melted by now with all of the acid in the water? The fish should have dissolved too, surely?

Correction: The boat is on the pier and Harry pushes it off into the water just before they get in.

Corrected entry: When they are crossing the river in the boat, the acidic water is eating through the blades of the motor, so Pierce Brosnan wraps his shirt around his hand to help them paddle manually, and nothing happens to his hand. Yet when Grandma, in her final heroic effort, leaps into the water to pull the boat ashore, she receives 3rd degree burns all over her legs.

Correction: Brosnan's hand is in contact with the water for just a few seconds, and he does react in pain. Grandma is standing up to her waist in the lake for a considerable amount of time, and as the acid soaks into the absorbent cloth of her trousers it will continue to eat away at her skin even after she is dragged ashore.

Corrected entry: When Harry notices that the water in town is full of sulphur dioxide it's late in the evening, yet when they start calling for people to meet, it's daytime - why would they wait for so long (till 6 p.m. of next day) if the volcano was about to erupt?

Correction: Because obviously the measurements and information they had during the night led them to believe there was still some time. Harry, for example, who has been the most vocal about getting the town on alert, is relatively calm during the meeting, so it is evident that things aren't panic-worthy yet. Attempting to evacuate the town during the dead of night would be difficult and they would not be able to be sure everyone knew about it. Waiting until the next day would allow them to put an evacuation plan into effect and get everyone out safely.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: Harry says that the water supply has been contaminated but when he is at the Town Meeting trying to tell everyone about the evacuation plan there is a pitcher of fresh water on his table.

Correction: The water may not necessarily be tap water. Chances are it was bottled water poured into a pitcher.

Phil Watts

Corrected entry: After the pyroclastic explosion Rachel, Harry and the kids get into the mine. There are a lot of things from Rachel's son in there: Sodas, chips, tapes and a tape player/recorder among them. There is a shot in which we can see a pile of tapes on the player, in almost perfect order. But if we consider that the whole town collapsed because of the earthquake occurred before the eruption, then those tapes must have fallen down, surely?

Correction: Or maybe they picked up the things and we just didn't see them do it.

Corrected entry: When the pickup truck crosses the lava, the engine would have overheated and stranded them on the lava given the amount of heat going directly up into the engine compartment.


Correction: Actually, lava in movies is typically over-rated. Though the tires definitely would have been goo after one spin in that lava, the surface of the lava would be much cooler. You may actually be able to walk barefoot over it, it wouldn't be too much different from hot coals except for the much hotter liquid beneath. They spent 1 minute and 20 seconds on the lava surface, which would not have been enough to overheat the engine.

The tires being on fire would have increased the temperature under the hood even if the lava itself didn't being that the wheel wells would have also been capturing the heat within them.


Correction: Also, since the rear axle broke through the surface crust, the truck would become a rocket, due to the intense heat causing the gas fumes to ignite.

Corrected entry: In the bar Paul calls Rachel "Linda", which is the actress' real name.

Correction: Paul says "Before we take off, I want to say thanks for the hospitality, Mayor Wando." But his pronunciation of Wando sounds like "Wanda". So he did not call her "Linda".

Corrected entry: Rachel calls a town meeting for 6 p.m. to discuss evacuation, about 8 hours after the danger became apparent. Wouldn't it have been more responsible to call the meeting earlier in the day, to keep the town on alert to get the hell out of there?

Correction: Paul has shown in many different instances that he believes the volcano wouldn't erupt and ended up being wrong about it. Added to that, he was also claiming his own, personal belief to Harry and that's basically why Harry couldn't do anything about it, even though he knew that Paul was wrong, Before that, it wasn't until Rachel and Harry discovered how weird the water was that they saw a real threat and then considered the evacuation of the town. It wasn't that they didn't care or were stupid, it was just how Paul felt and not seeing a whole lot of threats to the upcoming eruption. Also, the actual eruption came at a time they were not expecting, meaning that they knew/felt the volcano would erupt, but not exactly when.

But why only listen to what Paul had to say? Even if they were wrong and were looking at all the signs, wouldn't they at least be on the safe side and evacuate as soon as possible? It's like you said, Paul was wrong.

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.

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Harry Dalton: My 9th grade science teacher always said that if you put a frog in boiling hot water, it would jump out. But put it in cold water, and heat it up gradually, it would slowly boil to death.
Nancy: What's that Harry? Your recipe for frog soup?
Harry Dalton: It's my recipe for a disaster.

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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: Why is the rescue pilot helicopter such a selfish person? He complains about working over lunch, refuses to embark on a search-and-rescue mission without hiking his rates, and even extorts desperate townspeople trying to evacuate on his helicopter for all their money. Why was he such a greedy and insensitive egotist?

Answer: Because the character is written to be the stereotypical antagonist whose sole purpose is to create the obligatory plot conflict. This was such a silly, unrealistic, and all-around bad movie, that the two-dimensional villain guy fits right in. I live in Washington and remember when Mt. St. Helen's erupted. Dante's Peak, which was based on it, was nothing like the real-life event.

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