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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 Towering Inferno" Is Not Just The Story Of The World's Tallest Building In Flames, It's The Story Of People... See more »

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1 January 1975 (Singapore)  »

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Flammendes Inferno  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$116,000,000 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

There is an obvious stunt double for Paul Newman's character when he is falling down the blown-up staircase after the gas line explosion. At the same time, the stunt double keeps dropping himself from one part of the staircase to another until he reaches the bottom, instead of falling down in a more seamless manner. See more »

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[about breeches buoy lottery]
Doug Roberts: We'll send the kids out first, and then the women. Number this up to, I don't know - a hundred or so.
Susan: High-rise roulette.
Doug Roberts: High-rise roulette. That's right.
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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 (Philippines) – 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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