When Time Ran Out... (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  28 March 1980 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Anderson
Kay Kirby
Shelby Gilmore
Francis Fendly
Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)
Tiny Baker
Rene Valdez
Bob Spangler


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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An all-star cast is on the run when Mother Nature blows her top! See more »


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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earth's Final Fury  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$1,700,000 (USA)

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Ernest Borgnine claims in his memoirs that the reason why the film's special effects were so cheap looking was that the huge amount spent on location shooting absorbed what was usually spent on FX. See more »


The size of the volcano and distance from the hotel when viewed from the cave seemed off and too close. The size and destructive force of the lava bombs from the volcano was exaggerated to make the viewer believe that they would destroy the entire hotel complex as though it had been nuked with one or two hits. See more »


Rene Valdez: Thoses two, remind me of Rose and myself...a long time ago,
Shelby Gilmore: I know what you mean,
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5 July 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I faithfully watch When Time Ran Out every time it comes on television, and am never bored by it. I had no idea it was such a terrible movie until I read these reviews on IMDB. Sigh...reviewers can be so cruel. At least now I know that I have bad taste in movies so you can stop reading this now if you like.

There are a lot of familiar faces in the cast and they do a good job. This is my favorite Paul Newman movie by the way. (But to be honest I don't watch many Paul Newman movies.) Edward Albert is also great in it, and even though his role is too small, he does get to be heroic but don't blink or you will miss those moments. The women aren't given too much to do but aint that always the way it goes. Sigh again... I did like Veronica Hamel's little bitty role. She was classy but stupid. Should have hooked up with Edward Albert.

This movie is a great soap opera with love, betrayal, danger, greed, and a dastardly villain. Oh, and the way some of the characters die is kinda funny. Sort of like every other disaster movie from the 70's and early 80's. So cut it a little slack why don't you.

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