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When Time Ran Out Reviews

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½ May 23, 2017
Unbelievably stupid. Not even good in a camp way. One the two most idiotic Oscar noms in history. For costume design. The other was for Irwin Allen's other bomb The Swarm, in same category. I seriously think the costume designer's branch did this as an insiders joke.
January 31, 2016
½ May 5, 2015
Irwin Allen's fifth and final disaster film looks like its $20 million dollar budget was spent to pay the stars. The script plays like a K-Mart Poseidon Adventure on land, but the "volcano" and the obstacles the cast must work through are laughable. This needs an aloha riffing.
July 5, 2014
Cheesy and lame even by 70's standards.
May 29, 2014
Highlights include a number of well paid actors glowering at each other over this and that, touches of glamour, all that hairspray, however the over-long wobbly bridge scene is criminally dull. I was beginning to dream I could throw myself into the river of lava to put an end to my misery.
May 27, 2014
Cheesy disaster movie.
March 25, 2013
over long disatores disater movie that had good actors sleep walking through out this movie.
January 30, 2013
I've seen this as a kid and I liked it. The thrilling atmosphere and lava underneath the old wooden bridge was just unbelievable, watching it 15 years later takes away the thrill but film is still enjoyable ...
September 6, 2012
Produced by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Swarm (1978)), the was the end of an era. The last disaster film of it's kind produced by Allen, who retreated back into TV after this was done. It was such a notorious flop that disaster films went out of vogue until Roland Emmerich brought them back over a decade later. Set on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, where a newly constructed luxury resort is attracting tourists, Hank Anderson (Paul Newman) is drilling for oil on the island when he is told that a nearby active volcano is about to erupt. The resort's hotel has loads of guests in it, Anderson goes to tell hotel owner Shelby Gilmore (William Holden) about the situation, but he isn't sure how to sort it out, but the general manager Bob Spangler (James Franciscus) ignores the warnings and tells the guests everything will be OK. Indeed the volcano does block up, and Anderson and Gilmore, with a small band of tourists, including Tom Conti (Ernest Borgnine), Rene Valdez (Burgess Meredith) and his wife Rose (Valentina Cortese) and Valentina Cortese (Red Buttons) head for higher ground on the other side of the island. It's a very silly action film, and even for 1980, there is some shockingly bad special effects on display, and the acting is hammy at the best of time, and the action films are either anti-climactic or too long, like one scene on a collapsed bridge. It should have been so much better, the title promises a lot, but it doesn't.
½ August 25, 2012
Freakin awful! Wretched on all levels....especially the 2 hours and 24 minute running time! Even the stellar cast can't save this turkey!
August 18, 2012
The tedious build-up lasts longer than the actual survival half of the movie, establishing many characters that end up becoming useless, and right when it starts to go somewhere, the movie ends.
August 18, 2012
August 10, 2012
Always arrive before you're expected

On a Pacific Island a volcano mysteriously becomes active during an oil dig. A resort full of people attending a conference is threatened because the ash in the sky prevents aircrafts from leaving the island. Can the people get off the island before they are covered in liquid hot magma?

"I think they aught to chase all of you around with butterfly nets."

James Goldstone, director of The Sun also Rises, The Bride in Black, Calamity Jane, Red Sky at Morning, Rollercoaster, Brother John, and Jigsaw, delivers When Time Ran Out. The storyline for this picture is classic disaster film with little special effects or sequences worth getting excited about. The cast delivers mediocre performances and includes Paul Newman, William Holden, Burgess Meredith, and Ernest Borgnine.

"We've got to get the hell out of here and right now."

I DVR'd this picture because it starred the magnificent Paul Newman. I can tell you this is one of the worst pictures of his that I have ever seen. This movie has little going for it other than some witty Newman lines. I recommend skipping this picture, even if you are a diehard fan of Mr. Newman.

"It'll be okay if you don't panic."

Grade: C-
May 26, 2012
A run of the mill disaster movie. Nothing special, but not bad either.
May 1, 2012
ah, disaster movie ahead again.

Here we have Vulcano-horror of 1980 with Paul Newman. The island of Hawaii (or someother island, we're never reallly told which one) is under attack by an evil vulcano that melts down and kills everyone in sight.

The survivors of the initial attack are gathered at a luxury hotel and they split up into two groups. One led by an idiot that stays put and one other led by Paul Newman that tries to outrun the rivers of lava. After a long classic build-up is the movie tranceding into an exact replica of "Poseidon". But on shore instead of a cruiser.

As critics at the time did decscribe it "When ideas ran out", but still a must for disaster movie-aficionados
½ March 1, 2012
Or When Ideas Ran out ,or when audiences stayed away.
Lamentable disaster movie from the Irwin Allen stable which has almost nothing to recommend it.

Paul Newman looks ashamed to be in the movie as he gets to deliver some of the most inane dialogue in film history.
William Holden looks old .Jackie Bisset looks fed up and Ernest Borgnine and Red Buttons reprise their roles from the vastly supierior Posiedon adventure.

Even the volcano is pretty shit compared to vintage Irwin Allen, and of course every stupid disaster movie cliche is flogged to death and you can see who is going to die within the first 5 mins.
When a movie has a bad guy with the name Bob Spangler in it you know its scraping the barrell.

Unlike The Swarm which has a certain campy charm this has nothing to recommend it and sadly until Roland Emmerich turned up this killed the disaster movie as a genre.
Terrible stuff.
November 17, 2011
By far the worst of Irwin Allen's disaster films, this is a monumental waste of talent. The good cast is undercut at every turn by terribly silly "special effects" (how is it that Allen's earlier POSEIDON ADVENTURE and TOWERING INFERNO managed to achieve at least some realism in this department, while this one - years later - fails miserably?) and a nonsensical screenplay.
October 16, 2011
Camp! Still, just horrendous
½ May 16, 2011
classic 80s cheese. I loved it.
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