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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:

One Day, The Pristine Mountain Became Lethal ... See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

On the morning of May 18, about two hours before the eruption, Clyde Whitaker is shown berating a logger for showing up to work late. May 18, 1980 was a Sunday; all logging companies were closed (this is why the body count was not much higher than it was). See more »

Quotes

David Jackson: [talking into a CB radio right after St. Helens erupts] Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!
[the blast consumes him]
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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

We'll Let Life Go On
Written and Performed by Corky Corson and "Buckboard"
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The best kind of history: involvement with the people who lived through it.
29 July 2002 | by jcarter-1See all my reviews

With its low-key acting, and real, believable characters, this film was a superb re-enactment of what became a nightmare for those closest to it. At first, no one is able to believe what is predicted to be coming. Gradually, the reality becomes inescapable. Art Carney, as Harry S. Truman, is completely believable, and understandable, as a man set in his ways and content with his life, unwilling to run away and perhaps unable to comprehend the totality of the disaster that is looming. How very human! We would all like terrible realities to go away, but often they are worse even than the forecasts. In light of 9/11, the poignancy of the human relationships in this film is even greater. We are so vulnerable in the face of many of the events of life, and the most important things we have to cling to are each other, and our relationships to the people we love, and to life itself. A haunting, under-rated film.


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