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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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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

The upper 15 floors of The Glass Tower were built as a facade in the dirt parking lot of the 20th Century-Fox Ranch in Malibu, California, including drapes for all the windows and an explosion hole at the outside elevator track. It remained standing in the same location for many years, even after the state of California bought the land and opened the ranch to the public. See more »

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When the firefighters initially respond out of the fire station, Engine 4, which is an open-cab American Lafrance had the new style(post-1970) San Francisco Fire Dept. gold leaf logo reading "San Francisco Engine Co." encircling the city seal on both front doors. When they arrive at the fire, the engine has pre-1970 logos consisting of the city seal on both doors by itself and "SFFD Engine Co." on the side of Engine 4 where the back jump seats are at. See more »

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Chief O'Hallorhan: How long before you can give me a complete list of your tenants?
Harry Jernigan: Oh, you don't have to worry about that, we're moving them out right now.
Chief O'Hallorhan: Not live-in. *Business* tenants.
Harry Jernigan: Well, we kind of looked up there, too. The majority of them haven't moved in yet, and those that have aren't working tonight.
Chief O'Hallorhan: I want to know *who* they are, not *where* they are.
Harry Jernigan: [perplexed] But what does that got to do with anything, who they are?
Chief O'Hallorhan: [patiently] Do you have any wool or silk manufacturers? You see, in a fire, wool ...
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Featured in I Love the '70s: 1974 (2003) See more »

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We May Never Love Like This Again
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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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