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The Towering Inferno (1974)

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The world's tallest building is on fire. You are there on the 135th floor... no way down... no way out. See more »

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1 January 1975 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Flammendes Inferno  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$116,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,700,000
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Many bit players from The Poseidon Adventure (1972) also appear in this film. See more »

Goofs

As the breeches buoy is being set up, the fireman in the Promenade Room of the tower signals to the helicopter with his flashlight. We hear clicks, as if the flashlight is being turned on and off, but it is on the whole time. See more »

Quotes

Dan Bigelow: I used to run the 100 in 10 flat.
Lorrie: Don't go.
Dan Bigelow: I'll be back with the whole fire department.
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The Morning After
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Written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Played at the party when Roberts is first reporting the fire to Duncan
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Big-budget epics the way they used to make 'em.
13 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

My Take: The disaster movies done the old-fashioned way. Big thrills, big drama, big stars and everything else.

The 70's marked the age of the disaster movies, evolving from the adaptation of Arthur Hailey's "Airport", then boost up by Irwin Allen's "The Poseidon Adventure", which was a hit. Allen continued the legacy of his work by doing another disaster film. It was "The Towering Inferno". "The Towering Inferno" is heavily considered as the best of the long cycle of 70's disaster movies. It was well-made, well-acted, and well-sold on the box-office. The problem, though, was it was too long. The first parts revolved on the celebration of the grand opening of the tallest office building on earth (at the movies, of course), the Glass Tower. But when it gets to the disaster, you see how great this film is. Impressive special-effects and great acting by an all-star cast help make this film the classic it is.

Recommended for any fan of the genre. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and for that value alone, THE TOWERING INFERNO is a bona-fide classic all-star extravaganza.

Rating: ***** out of 5.


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