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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 »
User Reviews:
Classic star-studded disaster film.... See more (195 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Chief O'Hallorhan

Paul Newman ... Doug Roberts

William Holden ... Jim Duncan

Faye Dunaway ... Susan

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)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Hank Robinson ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
William Traylor ... Security Guard in Control Room (uncredited)
John Allen Vick ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
John Frederick Vick ... Cab Driver (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)
Wes McAfee .... assistant director
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)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (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)
Gary L. King .... special effects technician (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
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
M. James Arnett .... stunts (uncredited)
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)
Hank Calia .... 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)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... 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)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
George Fisher .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve Mcqueen (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)
John Hugh McKnight .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve McQueen .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paul Newman .... stunts (uncredited)
John Nowak .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug O'Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Preston Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Reinhard .... 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)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Rodell Sharpe .... 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


Production Companies
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (present) (as Twentieth Century-Fox and Warner Bros.) (this has been a presentation of Twentieth Century-Fox Warner Bros A Warner Communications Company also)
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Twentieth Century-Fox and Warner Bros.) (this has been a presentation of Twentieth Century-Fox Warner Bros A Warner Communications Company also)
  • Irwin Allen Productions (as Irwin Allen's Production of)
  • United Films (uncredited)
DistributorsOther Companies

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Runtime:
165 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #24028) | West Germany:16 (w)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
1,000 real firefighters were hired throughout the entire production.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) climbs down the damaged escape stairs carrying Angela on his back, the flames below them can be seen through their bodies. The optical effects shot requires a traveling matte to mask the foreground details (the actors) from the background shot (the flames beneath them). The first overhead shot of Doug and Angela has an error that makes parts of their bodies transparent.See more »
Quotes:
Harlee Claiborne:Do you, er, do you believe in destiny?
Lisolette:[grins] I believe in all good things.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
We May Never Love Like This AgainSee 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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Classic star-studded disaster film...., 20 July 2003

With the likes of INDEPENDENCE DAY and DIE HARD, which were both influenced by THE TOWERING INFERNO, a new awareness of the potential of the disaster film emerged, culminating in the likes of DEEP IMPACT, ARMAGEDDON and the more recent THE CORE.

The definition of 'all-star cast' and 'star-studded' has changed substantially in the last few years and in fact, the true star of THE TOWERING INFERNO wasn't any actor or star, but the late Irwin Allen, whose career in this type of film ended with the poorly-received WHEN TIME RAN OUT.

The film, which was adapted from two source novels, THE GLASS INFERNO and THE TOWER (both of which were bought by rival studios Fox and Warner to compete at the box-office - and then decided at the last minute to pool their resources into creating a single script) is impressive in scope and design.

For the uninitiated, one of the books deals with a disgrunted ex-employee who decides to cause an accident which starts a fire and in some ways that would have made a more intriguing storyline, but the plot of the actual film which involves cost-cutting to electrical circuits which causes the fire int the first place works as it is.

At a running time of 158 minutes some may think the film too long. In this day and age there would have possibly been test screenings and some cutting of the film, but since the success of TITANIC at the box-office longer films have become the norm. Indeed, the more recent HARRY POTTER and LORD OF THE RINGS movies are in this bracket (although the upcoming KILL BILL story that the three-hour film will be split in two may pave the way for shorter lengths!!) Mind you, THE GREAT ESCAPE is of similar length and that film moves at a cracking pace.

Steve McQueen is on screen less than some of the other stars in the film, but his performance is the best and complements others on show.



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