Fade Out – Irwin Allen

Episode 24 - Irwin Allen's WHEN TIME RAN OUT with special guest Amanda Smith.

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6 responses to “Fade Out – Irwin Allen

  1. I enjoy all of Irwin Allen’s disaster films, yes this is one of the weaker ones but as you both stated in your discussion it has it’s moments. Amanda thank you for be a great guest host and I now become a new subscribed to your podcast.

  2. I’m in complete agreement with Amanda Smith’s assessment of Airport. It’s a dull soap opera that takes place in an airport. Airport 75 is a much more exciting movie, with a midair collision killing the flight crew of an airliner, leaving the flight attendant desperately trying to keep them from crashing. Airport 77 isn’t favorite of the series. A high jacked plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle and a daring plan to rescue survivors from the sunken plane gets underway. The Concorde: Airport 79… is the When Time Ran Out! of the Airport franchise.

    Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno are two of my all time favorite movies. When Time Ran Out! it is a muddled and disappointing film. As you both pointed out, there are some great sequences, but they don’t do enough to prop up the film. It’s impossible to keep track of who is cheating on who and who is actually supposed to be in the relationship. The finale when the volcano explodes, sending a Chuck of the mountain the absolute perfect distance to squash the hotel is so absolutely ridiculous I gave myself a concussion slapping my forehead. A better ending would have been if the hotel and those who stayed behind had been left unscathed, and the survivors who’d partaken in the perilous journey, sheepishly returned, batteries and bruised.

  3. I have to slightly disagree with the assessment of Airport as I don’t think it’s really a “disaster movie” as such. To me, it’s more an update of the Grand Hotel (1932) formula of combining numerous big stars in a series of episodic storylines occasionally cross paths. Airport simply upped the ante by placing everyone on a plane.

    I think one might argue that many of Robert Altman’s films (Nashville, A Wedding, Gosford Park) have followed this format. I’d even throw in Pulp Fiction into the mix as an example.

    1. Grand Hotel is a great one. I call this formula “The Love Boat”, myself.

      BUT ONLY if it’s filled with stars (which the disaster movies definitely are).

    1. And only now I notice there were already half a dozen such lists! Well, this one is for personal use and fits my other podcast lists like Film and Water and Action Film Face-off.

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