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The Towering Inferno(1974)

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  • The Towering Inferno

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 6/27/12

    An all-star disaster hit! Good acting from Newman, McQueen, Holden & Dunaway, Astaire earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance. Oscar-winning editing, cinematography & even the song, "We may Never Love like this Again" add to the suspense & inevitable fatalities. The best film in a series of pictures that was massively successful in the 70's. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • 20th and WB Join Forces For An All Star Film

    • Adventure
    • 1/3/12

    Great film of a major fire at a Tall Los Angeles building. Very effective. Paul Newman was to star but Steve McQueen also signed on and demanded both top billing from Newman and exactly the same amount of lines that Paul Newman had. (McQueen was first suggested for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but also insisted on top billing and Newman then refused). This is a truly all star film with McQueen, and Newman with William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Richard Chamberlain in suporting roles. Jennifer Jones made a cameo in this film and to me stole the movie in her sympathetic portrayal of a doomed woman ( Fred Astaire is Ms. Jones love interest). This was a red hot film at the box office, a major hit.Towering Inferno was a joint production of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., one of the first big "co productions".

  • The Towering Inferno (1974)

    • MARK J BANVILLE
    • 2/28/11

    The 'disaster movie' craze hit US screens in a major way during the 1970's following the huge box-office success of both Airport ('70) & The Poseidon Adventure ('72) . Tidal Wave ('73), Earthquake ('74), Avalanche ('74), Rollercoaster ('77), The Swarm ('78), Meteor ('79) and Virus ('80) were to follow including disaster television soap Condominium ('80). The trend reached its peak, however, in 1974, with the release of The Towering Inferno, setting the box-office ablaze at $55 million.Widely regarded as the greatest of the 1970's disaster films, The Towering Inferno was a 20th Century Fox/ Warner Bros. joint venture, produced by Irwin Allen, who was known as the 'King of Disaster' movies, having made the majority that came both before and after Inferno.Paul Newman stars as chief architect Doug Roberts who has designed the tallest building in the world for businessman Jim Duncan (Holden). San Francisco's The Glass Tower has a record breaking 138 floors and a huge party is due to be thrown to celebrate its opening on its 138th Promenade floor. The electrical system installation was overseen by Duncan's son-in-law Roger Simmons (Chamberlain). Roberts believes Simmons may have cut corners on the building's electrical wiring system putting the building and its guests at risk. During tests of the system before its major opening ceremony, a circuit breaker fuse blows starting a small fire on the buildings 81st floor. Unnoticed for a short time, security officer Harry Jernigan (O.J. Simpson) contacts fire Chief Michael OHallorhan (McQueen) for emergency action.The fire quickly spreads throughout the entire building leaving 300 people trapped on the 135th floor. Stairwells and elevators are inaccessible as the fire spreads while many attempts at rescuing the trapped people are attempted, ending in tragedy. The Promenade is almost consumed by flames but Hollywood tough guys Newman and McQueen team forces for a daring rescue .

  • The Towering Inferno (1974)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 9/17/09

    This is all show and lot on a cohesive plot. The incredible cast of huge stars is a plus. I never found the film very convincing though, and it is way overlong which causes some slow stretches. The big budget for the film is evident and the special effects are still good. Entertaining.

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