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.


James Goldstone


Gordon Thomas (based on the novel "The Day the World Ended" by), Max Morgan Witts (based on the novel "The Day the World Ended" by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Hank Anderson
Jacqueline Bisset ... Kay Kirby
William Holden ... Shelby Gilmore
Edward Albert ... Brian
Red Buttons ... Francis Fendly
Barbara Carrera ... Iolani
Valentina Cortese ... Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)
Veronica Hamel ... Nikki
Alex Karras ... Tiny Baker
Burgess Meredith ... Rene Valdez
Ernest Borgnine ... Tom Conti
James Franciscus ... Bob Spangler
John Considine ... Webster
Sheila Allen ... Mona
Pat Morita ... Sam


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 <>

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Tale of Passion, Power, Mystery, Spun on Web of Mounting Danger See more »


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Did You Know?


The all-star cast is replete with stars of famous fight pictures involving both real-life and fictional people in fighting sports, including Paul Newman (who played Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)), William Holden (in the title role of Golden Boy (1939)), Ernest Borgnine (who played Muhammad Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee in The Greatest (1977)), Red Buttons (the character Peanuts in Movie Movie (1978), Burgess Meredith (who played Mickey in the franchise spearheaded by Rocky (1976)), and Pat Morita (who played Miyagi in another successful movie saga starting with The Karate Kid (1984)), Those latter two characters became so iconic that more than any others they to this day represent the ultimate clich√© of the fighting sport mentor. Newman did later play an iconic mentor himself of a sort, when he reprised his "Fast Eddie" Felson character for the sequel to The Hustler (1961) and took Tom Cruise's pool hustler character under his wing in The Color of Money (1986). See more »


The size of the volcano and distance from the hotel when viewed from the cave is too close. 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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Alternate Versions

There are at least three versions of this film, the original 121 minutes vesion, a cut 104 minutes one, and a 141 minutes expanded video home version See more »

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Put this together with "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure", and you have a side-splitting laugh-a-thon!! LOL
27 October 2001 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

Another funny film by Irwin Allen. This one is a hoot to watch. I really like the blue screen effect whenever the lava is shown--lol. If it has Shelia Matthews in the cast, you can be sure that it is going to be a funny film, especially if it is a drama. The ending with the volcano is hilarious--I did not know that volcanos could shoot a fireball that far away and still hit the target head-on!! Impressive. Sort of like scenes from "Bird of Paradise" meets "Diamond Head" were taken and spliced together and then had a few more ingredients added. All that was missing was the sacrificial virgin--but then, maybe that is why the volcano exploded--LOL. Not a movie to be missed for laughs!!

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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earth's Final Fury See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,400,994, 30 March 1980

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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