The same year as the release of a James Bond film (“Tomorrow never dies”), Pierce Brosnan found himself starring in another blockbuster: “Dante’s Peak”. However, the latter found himself facing another disaster film that strongly resembled him.
Dante’s Peak : beware of the volcano
A director who has worked for a long time in the world of cinema, Roger Donaldson somewhat abandons thrillers (Guet-Apens), comedies (Cocktail) and SF movies (The Mutant) to tackle disaster film in 1997. Indeed, passionate about geology, he imagines that a volcanic disaster threatens a city and its inhabitants. Dante’s Peak was born !
So that the film has even more visibility, the film offers two stars of the time : Pierce Brosnan who takes on the costume of 007 in the saga at that time James Bond, and Linda Hamilton, eternal Sarah Connor of the films Terminator.
Dante’s Peak follows a volcanologist who is urgently dispatched to the scene of Dante’s Peak. Indeed, this small American town is located at the foot of a volcano which is about to erupt. while he had been asleep for centuries. If initially his warnings to the authorities are not heeded, the latter will eventually listen to reason in the face of the extreme threat.
Volcano give it a try
Released on February 7, 1997 in America (and from March 28 in the rest of the world), Dante’s Peak was a somewhat unreleased disaster film. Indeed, it had been a long time since we had seen a film of this kind whose threat is a volcano. The latest most famous film in this field is The Last Days of Pompeii, co-directed by Sergio Leone and released in… 1959. In other words, an eternity.
However, Roger Donaldson’s film did not have exclusivity for long since on April 25, another film of the same type was released: Volcano. As reported at the time Release, the war was raging at the time between the Universal studio (holder of Dante’s Peak) and 20th Century Fox (producer of Volcano). Indeed, it was up to who would complete the shooting first in order to release his film. In the end, after many adventures, Donaldson’s film was released first.
Pierce Brosnan vs Tommy Lee Jones
Dante’s Peak wins with $ 178 million collected (for 100 million budget) against $ 122 million in revenue for Volcano (on a budget of 90 million). In addition, the movie directed by Mick Jackson got a nomination at the Razzie Awards, unlike its competitor. The victory is therefore total.
As it concerns Volcano, the plot is practically similar to that of Dante’s Peak. Except that here, the city of Los Angeles is threatened by an erupting volcano. The savior is not a vulcanologist, but a director of the city’s Emergency Administration Office. The latter is played by the great Tommy Lee Jones, who the same year is all the rage with Men in Black.
1 year later, rebelote
This duel between Dante’s Peak and Volcano recalls another that occurred in 1998, a year after the release of the two films. Indeed, that year, comes out a few months apart Deep Impact and Armageddon. The two films have in common the threat of extinction of the human species following the arrival of a comet. Between the two, it was the film directed by Michael Bay that won hands down with $ 533 million in revenue compared to $ 349 million for Deep Impact.