Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 12, 1980 · Page 38
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FINAL 'W&qco The Arizona Republic Saturday, April 12, 1980 s If : Irwin Allen: 4The current tren to smaller, intimate films breaks 9-ail the rules of logic' Is time running out on extravaganzas? ; By Vernon Scott ' United Press International HOLLYWOOD Some people think When Time Ran Out . . ., starring Paul Newman and Jacqueline Bisset, may be the last successful super-colossal movie I epic by a major Hollywood producer. Thanks to inflation and spiraling star ! salary demands, the extravaganzas may ! be pushed beyond the realm of economic ; reality. Hollywood, moreover, seems to have i exhausted the possibilities of global peril I -r earthquakes, volcanoes, atomic war- fare, invasions from space, colliding ! planets, insect plagues, birds, tidal waves ! and monstrous beasts, i Despite some recent disappointing $25 i million-plus films such as Hurricane, I 1941 and Meteor, others have succeeded. J The successes include Star Trek, The ! Motion Picture, The Black Hole and, i from its early box-office returns, When Time Ran Out ... The high adventure films, beginning j with The Poseidon Adventure and peak-j ing with Star Wars, combined multitudes j of stars and dazzling special effects with J solid dramatic stories. When Time Ran Out . . . ranks among i the best of the genre. I - It is a refreshing departure in a year of , modestly budgeted, intimate pictures ! such as Kramer vs. Kramer, Breaking Away, Being There, Starting Over and ; Manhattan. J One would like to think that When ; Time Ran Out . . . will not be the last of ; the super survival films. But economics ; may dictate otherwise. If anyone can keep super films alive, it ' is producer Irwin Allen, who has made 'only big, big films in his 21 years as a producer. He has high hopes for his new film which, in addition to Newman and Bisset, stars William Holden, Edward Albert, Burgess Meredith, Ernest Borg-nine and James Frarkiscus. It was Allen who produced The Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno with a dozen major stars each. His sure touch again blends empire-building men with sexy women and the inexorable forces of nature to provide a breathtaking movie. "The current trend to smaller, intimate films breaks all the rules of logic," Allen said from his impressive office a suite of used brick, tile, chandeliers and gleaming woods soaring two stories high at the Burbank Studios. "Usually in bad times such as these economically, politically and internationally people turn to escapist entertainment on the grand scale to take their minds off their problems. "But in Kramer, Breaking Away Starting Over and Chapter Two, they are seeing everyday situations they find in their own homes. Seeing reality on the screen is the No. 1 hook these days. "We've combined four intimate love stories in When Time Ran Out . . ., dramatic, realistic sub-plots, against some magnificent scenery and compelling action. It gives us the best of both worlds." Allen's latest epic cost $23 million, including several million for the cast alone. Today, he figures, the same picture would cost $50 million, thanks to runaway inflation. Towering Inferno, the Newman and Steve McQueen film that cost a staggering $14.7 million six years ago, also would cost $50 million today, Allen said. "Apparently you don't need a dozen stars in pictures anymore, even if you can afford them," Allen said. "Most of the big stare won't take less than a million dollars per film and many want a great deal more. And some, of course, participate in the profits. "They've priced themselves into making their their own films with profits going directly to them. Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds and Woody Allen are good examples. "Star power isn't the only inflationary element Cost of film, sets, stagehounds, distribution. Everything has gone out of sight "But costs are of no concern to audiences. If a picture has the right ingredients, if it entertains, then it doesn't matter whether the film is an epic or a one-on-one story of people solving their personal problems. "There's every reason to think that When Time Ran Out... will succeed on the strength of the relationships of the characters as in the spectacular situations in which they find themselves. "I've made a career of making big, expensive movies and, despite the rising costs, I see no reason not to continue to produce them. "Small pictures in themselves are not the answer. How many other films like Breaking Away were unsuccessful? The odds are about 50-1 against the intimate picture becoming an enormous hit. It's like catching lightning in a bottle. "To my knowledge no other producer in Hollywood has a super epic on the boards. But the chances of a big film succeeding are still greater than for the small ones." 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