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Oil Storm (2005)

Documentary-style footage reveals the aftermath of disastrous events that disrupt the flow of oil to the United States.


James Erskine


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Credited cast:
Melody Chase ... Hazel Knowle
Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Lance E. Nichols ... Frank Milner
Mark Krasnoff Mark Krasnoff ... John Hamel
Roland Uribe Roland Uribe ... Jack Roden (as Hector Roland Uribe)
Lee Ritchey Lee Ritchey ... Ed Matthews
Peter Malof Peter Malof ... Bob Knowle
Will Wallace ... Tom McGraff
Michael Brouillet Michael Brouillet ... Joe Knowle
Steven Chester Prince ... Howard Gibbons
Kortney Adams ... Estelle Sanders
Brady Coleman ... Adam McGraff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Adams ... Emergency Medical Technician
Sheila Bailey Sheila Bailey ... Mary McGraff
Kim Carrell Kim Carrell ... Boston Riot Leader


This docudrama outlines the effects of a severe oil and gas shortage in the United States, brought on by a hurricane damaging much of the oil infrastructure along the Gulf Coast. The drama is seen through the eyes of stock traders and analysts, a small business owner, government officials and news reporters. The story begins when the massive Hurricane Julia strikes New Orleans, La. In addition to killing thousands of people, the storm - stronger than a Category 5 storm (the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale) - destroys a major pipeline at Port Fourchon, La. (as well as wiping out many offshore oil rigs and refineries). As work begins to rebuild the pipeline, the price of gasoline soars to above $3 a gallon. Then, a series of events spiral the gas prices to unheard of levels of $7 per gallon or more. The most notable of these events: Two large oil tankers collide in the Port of Houston, closing that channel down; and Muslim terrorists stage a series of attacks after the United ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

5 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. New Orleans! - Olajpánik See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Wall to Wall See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Some scenes filmed at US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston/ Galveston, the real traffic management cite of the Houston Ship Channel. See more »

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Hits Real Close To Home, Eh?
14 May 2008 | by jazznationSee all my reviews

I was only able to catch portions of the movie, it aired on my wedding day, and between chatting with in-laws and other relatives, I was able to sneak in a few scenes to view...I remember telling myself back then, a lot of stuff that went down in this movie is going to come to pass, and darn it, I was right, we are now on the verge of gasoline going up to a ridiculous $4 dollars a gallon, it's already happened in Alaska.

They don't come any greedier than the oil and gasoline industry in this country, yet, in parts of the Middle East, gas is selling for less than a dollar a gallon. Just the other day, I heard a news report on radio about a 19-year old that got arrested for trying to drive off from a gas station without paying, he'd pumped $70 worth of gas before police hawked his stupid butt down. As weeks go by in this town in which I live (I'm too embarrassed by this place to mention its' name), there are fewer and fewer cars on the expressway during rush hour, yet we have one of the worst transit systems in the country, no light rail, just a dilapidated fleet of rundown, 30 year old buses.

Oh, yes, the "Oil Storm" is coming, and it's going to hit some cities much harder than others. This pathetic town in which I live is not ready for it. And to address the comment about this movie's availability, FX created it, perhaps there's a chance they can tell us about it, if they ever took the time to address the concerns of their audiences, which very few do today. If "Redemption" is on DVD, perhaps "Oil Storm" is as well...I want to see it again, in its' entirety this time...What about YouTube? Everything else is there, eh? There's one other movie I can't help but think about in the midst of this pending fuel turbulence....Ummmm..."Mad Max", anyone?

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