Starring: PN, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Edward Albert, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Burgess Meredith, Valentina Cortese, Alex Karras, Barbara Carrera
Directed by: James Goldstone
Summary: An active volcano is threatening a South Pacific island resort some believe that destruction is imminent, while others let greed and selfishness take over and tempt fate. Paul plays Hank Henderson (yes, another "H" character...) an oil well foreman on a South Pacific island. William Holden is the hotel tycoon there to oversee the opening of his latest piece of capitalism. Jacqueline Bisset is the PR gal (I spent most of the movie trying to guess what her name was and wondering why someone didn't condition her hair...) who, shock of shocks!, has a had a failed romantic past with Oil Can Hank. There's aBut I'm forgetting the cast of 10-15 supporting characters including: Veronica Hamel, Ernest Borgnine, Edward Albert (check it out to see if only to see him as an example of a giant Oompa Loompa.), Burgess Meredith, Red Buttons, Pat Morita... and I'm pretty sure they're happy at being forgotten. This was based on a book called "The Day the World Ended" about a 1902 volcano that killed 20,000 in Martinique but it sounds like a stretch to compare the two.
Quote:"This thing's a powder keg."
The Newman Factor & Rating: Paul's first appearance on screen pretty much forshadows the entire critique of this movie: a mixture of pain and indifference. The cast looks like an episode of the Love Boat. It is painfully apparent that they were trying to recapture the previous success created with the Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure and other disaster films of the mid to late 1970's. But now it's 1980, and the day of the disaster flick has almost fizzled out. Paul: 5. Film: 3.