When Time Ran Out


When Time Ran Out

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After producer Irwin Allen highlighted the dangers of fire in the Towering Inferno and the dangers of water in the Poseidon Adventure, he is back to fire again but this time it is within the earth, at least for awhile. This fairly routine disaster film is set on a resort island with a volcano that is beginning to rumble. Stars include a long list of names: Paul Newman is Hank, the savvy oil driller who gets people to safety even against their will, Jacqueline Bisset is the woman he is interested in, William Holden, Eddie Albert, Barbara Carrera, Veronica Hamel and several others play individuals trapped on the island. Hank convinces some people to follow him to the highest part of the island as the volcano gets set to blow its top. They encounter several dangerous situations after the dormant volcano wakes up but nothing quite like the non-stop, action filled, death-defying scenes from the explosion of volcano movies that hit the screens in 1997: Dante's Peak, Volcano, Eruption, Volcano: Fire in the Mountain, and a few more from around the world. They formed a virtual 1997 "ring of fire."

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Critic Reviews for When Time Ran Out

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

  • A real movie disaster.

    Jun 17, 2008 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The eruption, when it finally comes, is a wonderfully cheesy amalgam of wobbly back projection, bathtub tidal wave and scared expressions from the cast. It's not as hilariously awful as Swarm or Meteor, though, which is a pity.

    May 25, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • ...starts running out of entertainment value pretty early and continues on fumes until it sputters to a close.

    Feb 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • Appalling.

    Jun 17, 2008 | Full Review…
  • With cheesy special effects (even the volcano isn't convincing, considering the film cost $20 million) and a hole-ridden script, this film offers precious little to like.

    Jun 17, 2008 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for When Time Ran Out

  • Oct 13, 2010
    Dumb unbelievable disaster movie from the end of that cycle that inexplicably stars some of the biggest stars of the 70's. Everybody seems pretty disengaged and it's sad to see William Holden once so vital and charismatic a burnt out shell, alcoholic and rather haunted. The special effects are laughably bad and the whole thing moves at a snail's pace.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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