Dec 16, 2019
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.
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.