Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.
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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The fox fur trimmed pink satin cape worn by Sheila Matthews as Mayor Ramsey's wife during the dedication ceremony of the Glass Tower was a leftover costume originally worn by Jean Simmons in the 1954 Fox film Desiree. See more »
When the first woman is lowered to the Peerless Building using the breeches buoy, the downward shot of her moving away from The Glass Tower does not show the outside elevator, even though at this point of the story the elevator is "hanging by a single cable." When the Fire Chief arrives on top of the Peerless Building, the elevator can be seen on the side of The Glass Tower again. See more »
[the firemen are trapped in an elevator shaft]
We'll go down by rope. We're gonna rappel down to 65, get on top of that elevator, use it as an exit.
I can't make it. I'll fall. I know I'll fall.
Okay. Then you better go first. That way when you fall, you won't take any of us with you.
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In the comic magazine MAD's version of the film, there is a question asked by the character played by Fred Astaire, that does NOT appear in the film, but by logic should have been asked: "Ten minutes ago we couldn't get down from the building. Now we all are down on the street. How did that happen?" See more »
I saw "The Towering Inferno" when it was first released in theaters in 1974. I was about 12 years old. I thought it was really cool to see all of this death and destruction. I felt sorry for the so-called innocent or heroic characters who met their doom and hissed at the villain(s) who met their makers. It was big and bombastic, with, as a voice-over artist would say in the trailer "...an all-star cast" (long-term stars, has-beens, and the ones who are stars only from the eyes of their agents). I thought the movie was the best film I saw in my short life.
I've seen the movie several times since then and it's like watching a bad wreck. A semi-entertaining one but still a wreck.
I was looking at the list of other disaster movies Irwin Allen produced (which includes "The Poseidon Adventure", "The Swarm", "When Time Ran Out", etc.) and it's interesting how quickly the genre became a cliché:
1. If your name is above the title, you will survive.
2. If your name is below the title, you might die.
3. If you are a precocious child and you have a sibling, you'll survive.
4. If your role is to save a number of people from disaster in earlier scenes, very likely, you will die later in the movie. No worry, the audience will have "genuine sympathy" because you sacrificed your life so that others can live.
5. If you play the villain, YOU WILL DIE!!!!
6. If your character is a jealous spouse or is having an illicit affair, YOU WILL DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH!!!!!
7. If you're an extra, no matter which movie you're involved in, YOU WILL DIE A VERY, VERY HORRIBLE DEATH!!!!!!!!!
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