The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

DVD - 2006
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Due to substandard materials and workmanship, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers catches on fire during its gala opening, trapping a large crowd of society guests.

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akirakato
Apr 20, 2018

Directed by John Guillermin in 1974 based on a pair of novels "The Tower" by Richard Martin Stern" and "The Glass Inferno" by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, this American drama depicts the fire disaster in the tallest building in San Francisco.
Featuring an all-star cast led by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, this film turns out to be one of the greatest disater movies ever made.
This flick will certainly keep you at the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end.

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KingKongKool
Apr 11, 2018

Released in 1974 - This big-budget catastrophe flick, produced by Irwin Allen, won an Oscar in each of the following categories - Cinematography, Editing, and Best Song ("We May Never Love Like This Again").

"The Towering Inferno" features an all-star cast, headlined by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Out of the 57 sets that were built for this picture - Only 8 remained standing after all of the filming had been completed.

Set in San Francisco - The world's tallest office building (the newly-constructed, 138 story "Glass Tower") is set ablaze during its opening-night gala. Nearly 300 VIP guests, gathered in the posh Promenade Room high up on the 135th floor, are hopelessly trapped. It's now up to the Fire Chief, Mike O'Hallorhan, along with building architect, Doug Roberts, to save the day before everyone perishes in the all-consuming flames.

Yes. The "old-school" pyrotechnics in "The Towering Inferno" were very impressive. Indeed. But this film was really just another cold-blooded Hollywood "product" that spent too much of its time devising grisly ways for people to die. (*Watch movie-trailer*)

rjaybx1 Jun 30, 2015

This is a classic and still have great replay value. A movie with an all star cast like this is nearly impossible to make today. A must see if your into disaster movies.

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yikisha
Dec 26, 2013

great movie

aaa5756 Jun 18, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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AQUILEA777
Oct 07, 2012

It's even worse than you've heard. Tragedy turned into farce. You want to cry, but you can only laugh.

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tj_is_cool
May 07, 2012

Good movie in the 70s.

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Tamarack77
May 03, 2012

If you like the days when gold shag was in style, then you may enjoy this movie. Special effects are poor. Nearly all the men look the same.

btmslt Mar 23, 2012

This was a great action/disaster film when it was first released! And those name stars who performed so well under the pressure of fire!

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Basileus
Nov 01, 2011

Great 70's disaster flick that stands up well (if not better) to the special effects blockbusters of today. No CGI fires and green screens for this movie. It is all happening. Today's viewers might get a jarring sensation to see OJ Simpson playing a hero, easy enough to overlook.

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Dec 19, 2009

A dedication ceremony at the world's tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when an electrical flare-up causes a raging fire, trapping society's most prominent citizens on the top floor. Winner of three Academy Awards, this spectacular suspense thriller featuers dazzling special effects and a star-studded cast, including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.

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