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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In his ridealongs with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Steve McQueen actually took part in dousing a blaze. See more »
Doug, a professional architect of renown, asks someone if the power is "OFF" before working inside an electrical panel. Then, against both the National Electrical Code and common sense, he uses a screwdriver inside that same panel.
A professional architect would never trust someone's word for whether or not the electricity to a circuit was turned on as his/her life would depend upon it. 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 »
"Grand Hotel"-styled disaster epic that, along with the original "Airport" and "The Poseidon Adventure", became a monstrous money-maker which dominated not only economically, but also critically. "The Towering Inferno" is an intense affair as a high-rise skyscraper in San Francisco seems to be a state-of-the-art marvel, but sometimes things are not as perfect as they seem. There are still flaws in the building and naturally a small spark in a utility room will lead to an overwhelming night of terror and heroism. A who's who cast in Hollywood at the time makes up the mind-blowing list of performers. Paul Newman, Robert Vaughn, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Wagner and Jennifer Jones all make lasting impressions. However it is Fred Astaire (in an Oscar-nominated role of a lifetime) and then-Buffalo Bill superstar O.J. Simpson (showing the style, grace and power that he showed on the playing field here in his debut screen performance) that stand out and create a higher dimension to an honestly corn-filled story. A terribly difficult production to pull off due to the very large scope involved. The technical effects compete well with the all-world performers to make a stunningly impressive movie. Near the top of the usually ho-hum genre of the period. 4 stars out of 5.
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