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Terror on the 40th Floor (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  17 September 1974 (USA)
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A number of businesspeople, keeping the Christmas Eve office party going longer than was originally intended, are beset by a fire that starts in the basement of their office building and ... See full summary »

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Daniel 'Dan' Overland
Joseph Campanella ...
Howard Foster
Lynn Carlin ...
Lee Parker
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Laurie Heineman ...
Ginger Macklin
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Betty Carson
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Thelma Overland
Louis Guss ...
Charley
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Jim Pierson
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Kasey
Mark Tapscott ...
Capt. Harris
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Sam Lewis
Tracie Savage ...
Cathy Pierson
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A number of businesspeople, keeping the Christmas Eve office party going longer than was originally intended, are beset by a fire that starts in the basement of their office building and creeps up at them from floor to floor. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Who knew terror could be so boring?
2 November 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The 1970s produced some fine made-for-television movies like "Brian's Song" and "Dr. Cook's Garden". However, it seems that for every good made- for-television movie like those, there was a stinker like "Terror On The 40th Floor". My guess is that this movie was rushed into production to take advantage of the publicity building for the theatrical movie "The Towering Inferno". I guess that, because the story and characters in this imitator are sorely lacking. The characters in this movie are a boring lot. I didn't care about them, and they seem pretty dim-witted. Why don't they use the fire escape stairs? Why don't they break a window and send "Help!" messages to the streets below? Those and other questions are never answered. And no doubt because of the low budget, the fire footage is infrequent and lacking in power during the few times it's displayed. The end result is a very tedious and boring effort, so it's no wonder why there was apparently no one keeping track of it to prevent it from being in its now public domain status.


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