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The Towering Inferno -- At the opening party of a collosal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

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Release Date:
20 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
One Tiny Spark Becomes A Night Of Blazing Suspense. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Hot Potato. See more (189 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Chief Mike O'Hallorhan

Paul Newman ... Doug Roberts

William Holden ... Jim Duncan

Faye Dunaway ... Susan Franklin

Fred Astaire ... Harlee Claiborne

Susan Blakely ... Patty

Richard Chamberlain ... Simmons

Jennifer Jones ... Lisolette

O.J. Simpson ... Jernigan

Robert Vaughn ... Senator Parker

Robert Wagner ... Bigelow

Susan Flannery ... Lorrie

Sheila Allen ... Paula Ramsay (as Sheila Mathews)
Norman Burton ... Giddings (as Normann Burton)
Jack Collins ... Mayor Ramsay

Don Gordon ... Kappy
Felton Perry ... Scott

Gregory Sierra ... Carlos

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Mark Powers (as Ernie Orsatti)

Dabney Coleman ... Deputy Chief #1
Elizabeth Rogers ... Lady in Buoy
Ann Leicester ... Guest
Norman Grabowski ... Flaker
Ross Elliott ... Deputy Chief #2
Olan Soule ... Johnson (as Olan Soulé)

Carlena Gower ... Angela Allbright

Mike Lookinland ... Phillip Allbright
Carol McEvoy ... Mrs. Allbright
Scott Newman ... Young Fireman
Paul Comi ... Tim
George Wallace ... Chief Officer
Patrick Culliton ... Technician

William Bassett ... Leasing Agent (as William H. Bassett)
John Crawford ... Callahan

Erik L. Nelson ... Wes (as Erik Nelson)
Art Balinger ... Announcer
Norman Hicks ... Pilot (as LCDR. Norman Hicks)
Thomas Karnahan ... Co-Pilot (as LTJG. Thomas Karnahan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Janssen ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Mike Johnson ... Fire Victim in Elevator (uncredited)
Tom Lawrence ... Bigelow's Assistant (uncredited)

Maureen McGovern ... Herself - Singer at Party (uncredited)

John Moio ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Jennifer Rhodes ... Janet - Secretary (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
William Traylor ... Security Guard in Control Room (uncredited)

Directed by
John Guillermin 
 
Writing credits
Richard Martin Stern (novel "The Tower")

Thomas N. Scortia (novel "The Glass Inferno") and
Frank M. Robinson (novel "The Glass Inferno")

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Sidney Marshall .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography) (as Fred Koenekamp)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Kress 
Harold F. Kress 
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Production Design by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
 
Art Direction by
Ward Preston 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emil La Vigne)
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (as Monte Westmore)
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... unit production manager
Jere Henshaw .... production supervisor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Hal Herman .... executive production manager
Richard Shepherd .... production supervisor: Warner Bros.
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irwin Allen .... director: action sequences
Newt Arnold .... assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Phil Ball .... second assistant director
Bob Bender .... second assistant director
Michael Grillo .... assistant director: trainee (as Michael F. Grillo)
Malcolm R. Harding .... assistant director: action sequences (as Malcolm Harding)
Wesley J. McAfee .... assistant director (as Wes McAfee)
Donald White .... second assistant director (as Don White)
 
Art Department
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
Dan Goozee .... production illustrator
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator
Jerry Kobold .... property master: action sequences
Robert McLaughlin .... property master
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
Steven P. Sardanis .... assistant art director (as Steve Sardanis)
Frank Chapman .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
William Cruse .... set designer (uncredited)
Mike Garcia .... leadman (uncredited)
Ron Greenwood .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Edward T. McAvoy .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John A. Bonner .... sound supervisor (as John Bonner)
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor
Herman Lewis .... production mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Orrick Barrett .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Speak .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Bruce Vanover .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... mechanical effects
Logan Frazee .... mechanical effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Cody Bearpaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Johnson .... stunt double: Robert Wagner (uncredited)
Mike Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Lars Lundgren .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
John Nowak .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug O'Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Glynn Rubin .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... director of photography: action sequences (as Joseph Biroc)
Kathy Fields .... still photographer
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator: action sequences
Bill Hannah .... gaffer: action sequences
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator
John Murray .... key grip
Lou Pazelli .... key grip: action sequences
Gene Stout .... gaffer
Orlando Suero .... still photographer
Ron Anderson .... electrician (uncredited)
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Jim Freeman .... cinematographer: San Francisco (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Al LaVerde .... grip (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Frank Redmond .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wally Harton .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Dick James .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Kathleen McCandless .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Hugh McFarland .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William DeNicholas .... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
George E. Swink .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (as Len Engel)
Ted Keep .... scoring mixer
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Billy Byers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Ted Keep .... scoring engineer (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Bernie Kaai Lewis .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Elizabeth Atkinson .... production assistant
Jack Cavallero .... technical adviser (as Jack Cavallero Battalion Chief S.F.F.D)
Ed Conlon .... technical adviser (as Ed Conlon Chief Eng. T.C.F.)
Albert Gail .... executive assistant to producer
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
George Leslie .... production controller
Pete Lucarelli .... technical adviser (as Pete Lucarelli Battalion Chief L.A.F.D.)
Steven Marlo .... dialogue coach
Don Morgan .... unit publicist
Esther Stephenson .... script supervisor: action sequences
Art Volpert .... production coordinator
William Welch .... executive assistant to producer
Lewis Wolff .... real estate consultant
Tony Habeeb .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ann Leicester .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Dick Manchaca .... craft service (uncredited)
Margaret Reeves .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Edward Summer .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Sharon Thurgood .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Keith P. Calden .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Keith P. Calden Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department)
Raymond M. Hill .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Raymond M. Hill Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
165 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Hungary:16 | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1975) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (2012) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (additional material audio commentary) (2010) | UK:12 (online) (2009) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (w)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Irwin Allen directed all the action sequences in the film, including the climactic final explosions to put the fire out.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When James Duncan walks to the bar in the promenade room and speaks to the Senator Parker, a rear shot of the band is shown. The drummer is seen not hitting the drums when the band is playing.See more »
Quotes:
Doug Roberts:[on security phone with Wes] Doug... I'm up on 83 with Will. Listen, we got a little wiring problem. If we've got an overload it could be trouble. Shut down as many of the Zone One systems as you can.
Wes:[into the phone] I'm afraid I can't do that, Mr. Roberts. We've got all the lights on for the dedication ceremony.
Doug Roberts:[in disbelief] All... you mean the whole building?
Wes:Well, we're taking the overload just fine.
Doug Roberts:[sharply] Well shut it down, right away!
Wes:But I can't do that without a direct okay from Mr. Duncan himself.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
The Morning AfterSee more »

FAQ

Lisolette Mueller remembers while fleeing the fire that she has left her cat in her apartment. What happened to it?
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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Hot Potato., 25 August 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

"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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