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When Time Ran Out... (1980)

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An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

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Hank Anderson
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Kay Kirby
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Shelby Gilmore
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Brian
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Francis Fendly
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Iolani
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Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Nikki
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Tiny Baker
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Rene Valdez
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Bob Spangler
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Webster
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Mona
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Sam
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Storyline

Tourists are surprised by a volcanic eruption in a lonesome hotel in the Caribic. The hotel owner ignores all warnings and advises his guests to wait for a rescue team. Only a small group follows expert Hank to reach higher regions. They start an adventurous journey across the island. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earth's Final Fury  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Steve McQueen was under contract to Irwin Allen. After refusing a part in "The Towering Inferno 2", that film was scrapped and Paul Newman was brought in to make this film. McQueen never made another film for Irwin Allen--he died shortly after passing on "The Towering Inferno 2". See more »

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When one of Nikki's ranch hands falls from Hank's helicopter, he is shown falling sideways through the air. See more »

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Francis Fendly: Not that it matters, but what do you think?
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Excellent multiple personality disaster movies.
31 May 2002 | by (Chevy Chase, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I am relatively indifferent to most action movies but I am willing to make an exception in this case. I was strongly attracted to the multiple personal stories and thus cared a lot about which of these fictional characters survived and which perished. Thus, I am surprised by the cold reception given this film by many writers, both amateur and professional. The characters were all carefully developed, quite an accomplishment for a movie that tells so many personal stories. Examples: We have a ratfink male whose greed gets lots of people killed. He doubles as one third of a love triangle involving two ladies with plenty of misplaced loyalty and very little common sense. We have a reluctant hero who leads many to safety. We have a retired tightrope walker whose former trade will be put to good use before almost everything melts away in the finale. We are treated to the complex relationship between a gentleman crook and his pursuer; the former risks his own survival by going out of his way to render assistance when the latter becomes disabled. A lot of the characters are caught participating in a sadistic cockfight when all hell breaks loose. What happens to most of them before the movie is over seems like a severe penalty, even for cockfighting.

Hollywood first realized the merits of multiple plot movies with the introduction of "[Vicki Baum's] Grand Hotel", circa 1932. This pattern has since been followed many times, usually successfully. Examples: "Stagecoach", "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", "Airport", "[Arthur Hailey's] Hotel", "Lone Star", "The Big Chill" and "Matewan". I believe that those responsible for "When Time Ran Out..." also did an excellent job of multiple character development and I loved every minute of it.


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