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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:
16 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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One of my all-time favorites 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)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (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
Preston Peterson .... stunts (as Peter Peterson uncredited)
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)
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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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:
The large sculpture that is part of the bar design in the Promenade Room was originally used in the Harmonia Gardens set in Hello, Dolly! (1969).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the helicopter is bringing the scenic elevator down, in one shot you can see the top of skyscrapers, then within seconds, it is only 20 or so feet off the ground.See more »
Quotes:
Doug Roberts:Hey Dunc, if that fire was caused by fluky wiring in this building, we could get fires breaking out everywhere!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Série noire (1979)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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41 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time favorites, 9 July 2005
Author: littlepolitico from Wooster, OH

I've seen a lot of great films during my life. However, somehow, The Towering Inferno holds its place near the top of my list of great films, and is at the top of my list of favorite films.

While Irwin Allen's films often have many flaws, they're always entertaining. You won't feel cheated by an Irwin Allen film. This holds true especially for The Towering Inferno. There is something for almost everyone in this film, drama, romance, disaster, and good vs. evil are all present in this epic film.

The plot of the film is pretty well known to anyone who has at least heard of the film. During opening night ceremonies at the Glass Tower, the 138 story skyscraper located in the heart of San Francisco catches fire. What starts as a small electrical fire soon turns into "a night of blazing suspense", with fires breaking out all over the building.

The hard work put into this film is obvious. While the script is rather melodramatic at times, this does not take away from the feeling of peril in the film. The cast may be the best cast ever assembled in Hollywood history. The special effects, for the most part, stand the test of time.

Don't ask me why this film has gotten such a bad rep over the years. The film was nominated for best picture, and won Oscars for best cinematography, best special effects, and best song. The film grossed over 116 million dollars, and with adjusted totals, that is still more than films such as The Passion of the Christ, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

I recommend that this film be seen. It is well worth renting, or if you can find it, buying.

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