When Time Ran Out... (1980) (part 2 of 8)

Oh no. What’s this? Please, no! No!! Not an oil drill!! Am I cursed? IS THAT IT?? No wait. There’s Paul Newman. And none of these drillers appear to have been in Armageddon. But if you like shots of big metal shafts spinning, then look no further. This is your scene!

Hank (Paul Newman) is monitoring a pressure gauge. He gives it a long meaningful stare as it climbs higher and higher. It climbs into the dangerous red zone and still he stares at it. Only when it pegs out and a warning siren sounds does he yell to the crew to stop drilling and bail out.

When Time Ran Out... (1980) (part 2 of 8)

“Hellooooo… Newman!”

Everyone runs in random directions, and one guy slides down a ladder in an extended shot where he has a harness and wire very visibly supporting him. Now, I doubt this is standard safety equipment on oil rigs (he’s the only guy sporting one), so it was probably put in place just for the purpose of shooting this guy sliding down a ladder safely. Which really ruins the stunt.

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Amanda Wells

If I was a bad movie, I'd find it much easier to write about myself than I do at present. My main interests outside of really bad movies is playing music. I've played guitar for 15 years, performed before far more people than I'm really comfortable with and am currently having fun listening to my 5 year old son bang away on his new starter drum set. Yes, drummers are so hard to find, I had to resort to making my own. When not playing music, I also like to work in my yard and many gardens, try new recipes (never would have thought that would happen), research my genealogy (I get to be related to the beheaded king and queen of France!) and read history books primarily about natural disasters and personal tales. And when I'm not doing any of that, then I'm spending time with my great family. The first movie I remember going to the theater to see was The Black Stallion which we were late to the beginning of and as we were waiting for it to begin again and rewatch it (is that even legal?) we got dragged away by my dad and sister who insisted we come watch Airplane! with them in the other theater. Oh, and I cried so hard at the end of Oh, Heavenly Dog! that my sister had to call my mom to come pick me up. As a kid, I never had a Big Wheel. I still want one.

Multi-Part Article: When Time Ran Out... (1980)

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