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Doug Roberts, Architect, returns from a long vacation to find work nearly completed on his skyscraper. He goes to the party that night concerned he's found that his wiring specifications have not been followed and that the building continues to develop short circuits. When the fire begins, Michael O'Halleran is the chief on duty as a series of daring rescues punctuate the terror of a building too tall to have a fire successfully fought from the ground. Written by
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Released in the same year of the disastrous Joelma building fire in São Paulo, Brazil in February 1st, 1974, which caused for similar reasons (see Joelma 23º Andar (1980)). 191 people perished. See more »
When guests are evacuated with the Breeches Buoy, the line to the Peerless Building is relatively straight. Since the Glass Tower is the tallest building in the world and the Peerless Building is a number of stories shorter, the line from the Promenade Room to the roof of the Peerless Building should go at noticeably downward angle. See more »
Did you change any of Doug's electrical specifications?
I most certainly did.
For God's sake, why?
The reason should be obvious, especially to you.
We've got a fire, and if it was caused by anything you did I'm going to hang you out to dry... and then I'm going to hang you!
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The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »
With the likes of INDEPENDENCE DAY and DIE HARD, which were both influenced by THE TOWERING INFERNO, a new awareness of the potential of the disaster film emerged, culminating in the likes of DEEP IMPACT, ARMAGEDDON and the more recent THE CORE.
The definition of 'all-star cast' and 'star-studded' has changed substantially in the last few years and in fact, the true star of THE TOWERING INFERNO wasn't any actor or star, but the late Irwin Allen, whose career in this type of film ended with the poorly-received WHEN TIME RAN OUT.
The film, which was adapted from two source novels, THE GLASS INFERNO and THE TOWER (both of which were bought by rival studios Fox and Warner to compete at the box-office - and then decided at the last minute to pool their resources into creating a single script) is impressive in scope and design.
For the uninitiated, one of the books deals with a disgrunted ex-employee who decides to cause an accident which starts a fire and in some ways that would have made a more intriguing storyline, but the plot of the actual film which involves cost-cutting to electrical circuits which causes the fire int the first place works as it is.
At a running time of 158 minutes some may think the film too long. In this day and age there would have possibly been test screenings and some cutting of the film, but since the success of TITANIC at the box-office longer films have become the norm. Indeed, the more recent HARRY POTTER and LORD OF THE RINGS movies are in this bracket (although the upcoming KILL BILL story that the three-hour film will be split in two may pave the way for shorter lengths!!) Mind you, THE GREAT ESCAPE is of similar length and that film moves at a cracking pace.
Steve McQueen is on screen less than some of the other stars in the film, but his performance is the best and complements others on show.
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