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St. Helens (1981)

Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.

Director:

Ernest Pintoff

Writers:

Michael T. Murphy (story) (as Michael Timothy Murphy), Larry Sturholm (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Carney ... Harry Truman
David Huffman ... David Jackson
Cassie Yates ... Linda Steele
Albert Salmi ... Clyde Whittaker
Ron O'Neal ... Otis Kaylor
Tim Thomerson ... Sheriff Wayne Temple
Bill McKinney ... Kilpatrick
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Hendricks
Nehemiah Persoff ... Mr. Ellison
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... David Crockett
Henry Darrow ... Lloyd Wagner
Danny Chambers ... Col. Arnholt (as Dan Chambers)
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Dr. Romarantin
Joseph Benti Joseph Benti ... Newscaster
Clark Christiansen Clark Christiansen ... Reeder
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Storyline

Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980. Written by Neal Harkner <neal@pooh.pageplus.com>

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Taglines:

The Movie... The Largest Explosion Ever! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Helens, Killer Volcano See more »

Filming Locations:

Bend, Oregon, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The location for the surface of Mt. St. Helens was a local garbage dump in Bend, Oregon. See more »

Goofs

In a fight scene between Otis Kaylor and one of the 3 loggers, Otis Kaylor gets pushed onto the floor and does a somersault. Whilst doing this somersault, his hat falls off. Otis Kaylor quickly then gets up and his opponent swings a wooden stick at his face. At this point Otis Kaylor's hat reappearing on his head. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: Colonel, there's someone coming up to see you, they just let him through the barrier.
Dr. Romarantin: Doctor Lucious Romarantin. Founder and pastor of the Holy Churches of Dark Arts, Raleigh, North Carolina. I understand the great god Vulcan has chosen to make his appearance in this half of the world, am I correct, gentlemen?
Col. Arnholt: [Colonel looks to David Jackson, both are in stunned silence]
Dr. Romarantin: Gentlemen, there's a volcano in the area, Mount St. Helens I believe?
David Jackson: ...Yes, that's right.
Dr. Romarantin: Well, I believe, I've found a way ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

When the cast list rolls during the end credits, then this can be seen: "Stunt Baby Beau Davis" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Confessions of a Hollywood Stuntman (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Climb Is Worth the Fall
Written and Performed by Corky Corson and "Buckboard"
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Somewhat a slow movie but predictable.
19 January 2004 | by bjdorrSee all my reviews

The movie St. Helens was a bit slow, especially how the film was drawing up the timelines. Simply I knew what I was waiting for during the whole time was May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m. for the "big explosion." Needless to say, the film was a bit dull but that is almost an unfair comparison when its compared to witnessing Mt. St. Helens unleash her fury in real life. What mountain is next?


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