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Inferno (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 29 October 1998
Scorching disaster movie starring James Remar (Dexter). When a huge fireball hurtles towards the Earth the authorities have only hours to react before temperatures soar beyond human tolerance.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Remar ... Dr. Coleman West
Stephanie Niznik ... Erika
Daniel von Bargen ... Gen. Craig Maxwell (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Anthony Starke ... Will Dezmond
Kathryn Morris ... Ryan Tibbet
Fredric Lehne ... Lt. Sympson (as Fredric Lane)
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Eddie
Sharisse Baker-Bernard Sharisse Baker-Bernard ... Distraught Mother (as Sharisse Baker)
Frank Birney ... Dr. Heller
Terry Camilleri ... Harry
Kimberly Campbell ... Frieda
Scott Carollo Scott Carollo ... Adjutant
Dennis Creaghan ... Fire Chief
Judd Dunning Judd Dunning ... Paramedic
Bryn Erin Bryn Erin ... Girl


Scorching disaster movie starring James Remar (Dexter). When a huge fireball hurtles towards the Earth the authorities have only hours to react before temperatures soar beyond human tolerance.

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Release Date:

29 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das große Inferno See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Dr West is trying to climb out the manhole, the water in manhole is inconsistent with the water above the manhole. See more »

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Decent TV movie spoiled by too many sub-plots
24 April 2015 | by mcguin71See all my reviews

The film beginning is fairly good considering its a pretty standard TV disaster movie, however once things start to be fleshed out it rapidly becomes overwhelmed by characters and subplots that do more and more to distract from the movies positives ultimately leading to enough mismatches to flesh out 2 or even 3 different films...but which squeezed in to one just distracts and detracts from the enjoyment.

Watxch out for the stereotypes from the standard liberal but tough schoolteacher and the requisite gang banging brother of a dead gang member, a disgraced because he tried to do the right thing doctor and the lifeguard he befriends - who just happens to be the ex of the mad tow truck driver...etc etc...and apparently there was some army guys too...

Such is the poorly setup melodrama and the way the story concentrates more on these characters than the almost forgotten disaster of the impending 60c+ heatwave that any potential edge of the seat tension and drama is smoothed over and its difficult to even say there was any.

The question of who dies,who survives and how/why doesn't even come in to it by the end as there's too many by the book twists to put any flesh on the bones of any individuals or plots. I simply sat and watched each mini- story as a separate as there was no real immersive interplay or connection even when the characters had some supposed back story. Just mentally tick or cross them off as they go because in most cases you never seem to want to care enough to do more than count them in and count them out again. ... Surprisingly I did find Inferno quite likable, if rather forgettable, despite the lack of depth and annoying characters and multiple subplots. For a TV movie it fills the time effectively enough, however it just doesn't do enough to warrant a rewatching in a hurry.

Overall the SF was decent for its genre/budget - outside of the weird space fireball shots. The plot was driven along with enough energy to prevent sleep, though not enough to set the heart racing either. Characters, scenes and dialogue were very mixed and this is where the movie loses points, especially the way some characters seemed to be shoehorned in to the plot but without any redeemable features (The tow truck duo - I'm pointing at you!)

Overall this could have been polished up and had a reasonable score and with one or two less characters and subplots it may have made it...but no, I'm afraid as it stands:


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