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When Time Ran Out (1980)

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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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Cast

Paul Newman
as Hank Anderson
William Holden
as Shelby Gilmore
Red Buttons
as Francis Fendly
Valentina Cortese
as Rose Valdez
Alex Karras
as Tiny Baker
Burgess Meredith
as Rene Valdez
Ernest Borgnine
as Tom Conti
James Franciscus
as Bob Spangler
James W. Gavin
as Helicopter Hijacker
Darrell Larson
as Webster's Assistant
Sandy Kenyon
as Henderson
Ava Readdy
as Delores
Takayo Doran
as Secretary
James Gavin
as Helicopter Hijacker
Bill Smille
as Man in Bar
Marcia Nicholson
as Hotel Guest
David Bair
as 2nd Male Guest
Barbara Costello
as Woman in Bar
Bill Smillie
as Man in Bar
Steven Marlo
as Co-Pilot
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Critic Reviews for When Time Ran Out

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A real movie disaster.

June 17, 2008 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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…
Radio Times

...starts running out of entertainment value pretty early and continues on fumes until it sputters to a close.

February 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
Movie Metropolis

Appalling.

June 17, 2008 | Full Review…
Film4

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.

June 17, 2008 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for When Time Ran Out

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.

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