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Oil (1977)

Cuibul salamandrelor (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | February 1977 (Romania)
When a huge fire erupts at an oil field in the wilds of the Sahara Desert, an American who specializes in fighting oil-field fires and his team are called in to put it out. As the fire ... See full summary »


Mircea Dragan


Ioan Grigorescu


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... John Carter
Woody Strode ... Ben
Tony Kendall ... Tony
Gheorghe Dinica ... George (as George Dinica)
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin ... Jean
William Berger ... Bill Mann
Radu Beligan Radu Beligan ... Prof. Luca
Florin Piersic ... Dan
Gordon Mitchell ... Burt
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Fred
Valentin Platareanu ... Ionescu
Paola Senatore ... Diana Astor
Ray Milland ... The Boss
Mircea Diaconu ... Gregory
Mihail Vasile Boghita Mihail Vasile Boghita ... Michael (as Mihai Vasile Boghita)


When a huge fire erupts at an oil field in the wilds of the Sahara Desert, an American who specializes in fighting oil-field fires and his team are called in to put it out. As the fire rages out of control, the expert finds that he not only has to battle the fire but greed and political corruption as well. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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February 1977 (Romania) See more »

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The Billion Dollar Fire See more »

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Follows The Poseidon Explosion (1973) See more »

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Gheorghe Dinica - respect!
27 January 2011 | by btitibSee all my reviews

To really understand the movie ... Romanian citizen must be (at least) has lived in Romania during those years ... The rest are just aberrations and opinions of some "speculative" claims by critics of ideas. Do not have anything to do with the reality of those times and even the topic itself. The film is made after a fact, that existed because the team won notoriety and respect in many battles with fire, as called for this ... "party" in his folly, namely political activists have decided to put in pictures of their accomplishments. Interpretation of exceptional Dinica, Piersic, Jean Constantin, Mircea Diaconu, and so on. It brings a distinct note of the film. Dinica If born in America ... certainly was DeNiro's caliber and reputation ... had the misfortune to be born in romania. God rest him in peace!

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