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When Time Ran Out... (1980) Poster

Goofs

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Continuity 

When Anderson drives the Jeep and passes the helicopter, with change of the camera angle also the position of the sun changes, revealing that the shots were made at different times of the day.
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Factual errors 

The trigger for this eruption was an oil rig drilling into the side of the volcano, releasing a gusher. Oil fields are not found on or near active volcanoes as there is not enough time between eruptions for any petroleum products to be deposited or to form.
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Gilmore says the death toll from the Mt. Pelée eruption resulted from suffocation when the volcano's explosion sucked oxygen out of the air. In actual fact the major killer was a pyroclastic flow of gas and volcanic debris that buried and almost entirely incinerated the town of Saint-Pierre.
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When the lava bombs hit, they explode. In reality, lava bombs are just blobs of semi-melted rock. They may splatter, but they do not explode as if filled with dynamite.
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Revealing mistakes 

After night falls, characters and/or the camera view the volcano from various angles - some 90 degrees removed from one another - but are always seeing the same side of the volcano with the same patterns of lava flow (since it is actually a piece of stock footage matted into the frame).
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When one of Nikki's ranch hands falls from Hank's helicopter, he is shown falling sideways through the air.
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Survivors emerge from cave the next morning to sunny clear sky and calm sea. Even if they were on the other side of the island, there should be at least residual disturbance in the atmosphere.
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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.
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