Oil (1977)

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At an oilfield in the Sahara Desert, a massive derrick blaze is tackled by a team of Romanian oil well firefighters aided by an American specialist but hired saboteurs with ulterior motives imperil the scene.


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25 June 2015 | Zbigniew_Krycsiwiki
| Stuart Whitman: my god man! Trim your eyebrows!
Why does IMDb list this as being a sequel to Explozia? Because there is no real connection, other than the director, Mircea Dragan, and a basic premise about attempts to extinguish a large fire burning out of control.

Anyway, this film has only two comments, the latter is nothing more than political ramblings, while the former is a moronically numbered list of points about it (any 12 year old can do that) so I will attempt to comment on the exploitation flick itself.

Anyway again, this is a moderately engrossing thriller about fire in a Saharan oil field burning out of control, and Stuart Whitman, and his double-breasted suit jackets, and bushy sideburns are sent to extinguish the blaze. Good pyrotechnics and photography (if a bit faded and washed out, or was that just the print I watched?) mix quite awkwardly with subplots of politics and corporate greed; perhaps that is why the second comment went the route it did?

If this was indeed meant to be a sequel to Explozia (a film which I highly recommend) , it never reaches the same heights as that film did, as it over complicates what is (or could have been) a simple, basic thriller, in the memorably unusual setting of Saharan Africa.

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Plot Summary


Action | Adventure


Release Date:

February 1977


Romanian, Italian

Country of Origin

Romania, Italy

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Box Office


ROL5,312,000 (estimated)

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