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When Time Ran Out... (1980)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank Anderson
... Kay Kirby
... Shelby Gilmore
... Brian
... Francis Fendly
... Iolani
... Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)
... Nikki
... Tiny Baker
... Rene Valdez
... Tom Conti
... Bob Spangler
... Webster
... Mona
... 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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Tale of Passion, Power, Mystery, Spun on Web of Mounting Danger See more »


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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earth's Final Fury  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,700,000
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The bridge sequence was filmed at MGM's Stage 30, also known as the Esther Williams stage, since it had a sub-floor tank used in her films. The bridge was 30 feet above the stage, with smoke bombs and light flashes used to simulate the lava. Doubles could not be used during filming. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hank Anderson: It's bad down here but it's worse up there!
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Terrible, a must-see
11 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Paul Newman only bothered to be in "When Time Ran Out..." (ominous points make any title better) because he needed funding for a salad dressing company, so you can imagine how riveting his performance is. He reacts to the mayhem of a volcano eruption with the shocked grimace of someone who could really go for a salad just about now. In fact, every name actor in this movie completely phones it in. Most of them were there against their will because they signed a wonky deal with producer Irwin Allen, but come on, you still have to do your job. Burgess Meredith is the only one that really tries, so he deservedly gets to play a pivotal part in the movie's (ridiculous) climax. After they got all the stars on board there clearly wasn't any money left for the special effects, so the volcano action is mostly left to your imagination, bits of stock footage and one of those stupid background photos they used before stupid CGI was commonplace. Thankfully, all of this is put together so incompetently that you just can't help but laugh and have a good time. "When Time Ran Out..." starts of a little bit too slow to be a full-blown "so bad it's good"-movie (almost nothing happens in the first hour), but once the volcano erupts you get an absolute feast of terrible dialogue, mom&pop store explosions, forced suspense and marvellous genre clichés. Sorry Paul Newman, I'm going to have to recommend this.


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