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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Flammendes Inferno  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$116,000,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

1,000 real firefighters were hired throughout the entire production. See more »

Goofs

When guests are evacuated with the Breeches Buoy, the line to the Peerless Building is relatively straight. Since the Glass Tower is the tallest building in the world and the Peerless Building is a number of stories shorter, the line from the Promenade Room to the roof of the Peerless Building should go at noticeably downward angle. See more »

Quotes

Chief O'Hallorhan: All right. It's your building, but it's our fire. Now, let's get these people the hell out of here.
James Duncan: Now, I don't think you're listening, Chief. There's no way for a fire on 81 to reach up here, not in this building.
Chief O'Hallorhan: OK. I'll do it.
[He prepares to announce an evacuation]
James Duncan: [stops him] Hold it, hold it. The Mayor's out there. Do you want me to pull rank on you?
Chief O'Hallorhan: When there's a fire, I outrank everybody here. Now, one thing we don't want is a panic. Now, I could tell them, but you ought to do it. Just...
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The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »

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We May Never Love Like This Again
Maureen McGovern sings
Words and Music by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
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Still impressive
27 December 2003 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When I was an impressionable teenager in 1975 I saw Towering Inferno 4 times at the cinema, Still a record for me, and despite the years and jaded view of middle age, this is still a thrilling film, mainly because the effects are so realistic, no CGI then, and the characters are so presented well (if a bit archly at times). I still cannot decide if the ending would actually put the fire out, but who cares, that countdown still gets to me. I forgot how good Paul Newman was in his role, and I can never forget Fred Astaire, such a smooth performance. Great cinema, daft in parts, but the best films always are.


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