MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,935 this week

City on Fire (1979)

 -  Action | Drama  -  31 August 1979 (USA)
3.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.4/10 from 621 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 11 critic

A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


Related News

Leslie Nielsen obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 300 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 57 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 241 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
 
a list of 62 titles
created 03 May 2013
 
a list of 88 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "City on Fire" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: City on Fire (1979)

City on Fire (1979) on IMDb 3.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of City on Fire.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Meteor (1979)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading toward Earth. If it hits, it will cause an incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
The Swarm (1978)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

Director: Irwin Allen
Stars: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: John Leone
Stars: Henry Fonda, Eileen Brennan, Austin Pendleton
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A story of how World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Helmut Berger, Samantha Eggar, Giuliano Gemma
Thriller | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript ... See full summary »

Director: George Mendeluk
Stars: William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Van Johnson
Viva Knievel! (1977)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Evel Knievel, Gene Kelly, Lauren Hutton
Regina Roma (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Jean-Yves Prate
Stars: Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, Ray Sharkey
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Nurse and con artist Belle Haimes (Valri Bromfield) lives with her dull-witted husband Rex Haimes (Stephen E. Miller) in the Hart Mansion in British Columbia. There she cares for the ... See full summary »

Director: Rex Bromfield
Stars: Valri Bromfield, Stephen E. Miller, Deanne Henry
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Former DEA Agent Quinlan, removed from the force some years earlier for stealing confiscated drug money, is hired by Chung Wei, a leader in the Amsterdam drug cartel, who wants out of the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Richard Egan, Leslie Nielsen
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country and attempt to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ava Gardner, Bekim Fehmiu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Beverly Garland, Roddy McDowall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dr. Frank Whitman
...
Diana Brockhurst-Lautrec
...
Nurse Andrea Harper
...
Mayor William Dudley
...
Jimbo
...
Maggie Grayson
...
Fire Chief Albert Risley
Jonathan Welsh ...
Herman Stover
Hilary Farr ...
Mrs. Adams (as Hilary Labow)
Richard Donat ...
Fire Captain Harrison Risley
Mavor Moore ...
John O'Brien
...
Dr. Matwick
Terry Haig ...
Terry James
Cec Linder ...
Councilman Paley
Ken James ...
Andrew - Deputy Fire Chief
Edit

Storyline

William Dudley is a corrupt mayor of a nameless Midwestern U.S. city who has allowed a chemical refinery to be built right in the center of town, far from any river, lake or reservoir. On one typical hot summer day, Herman Stover, a dangerously disturbed employee at the works has been denied an expected promotion and in addition, finds himself fired. He then decides to take his revenge against the works by opening the valves to the storage vats and their interconnecting pipes, flooding the area and sewers with gasoline and chemicals. It doesn't take long for this act of petty vandalism to start a fire, which starts a chain reaction that causes massive explosions at the refinery, destroying it and spreading a mushroom-cloud of flame that soon engulfs the entire metropolis! The drama focuses on a newly built hospital which, like the refinery and all civic buildings that went up during the mayor's crooked administration, is shoddily built and poorly equipped where the head doctor, Frank ... Written by Alfred Jingle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

fire | city | mayor | explosion | fire chief | See more »

Taglines:

What Happened to Them Could Happen to You ... In Any City Anywhere!

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

31 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade em Chamas  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening credits show closeups of several buildings. They are the Royal Bank Plaza (Toronto), recognizable with its gold-bronze windows, Place Ville-Marie (Montreal), a cruciform skyscraper, and Complexe Desjardins (Montreal), a shopping mall and office building. See more »

Goofs

During several of the explosions at the refinery, an unexplained thunderclap can be heard. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Chief Albert Risley: All it takes is one man, could be anybody... your neighbor, my neighbor... one man to destroy a city.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another late-70s disaster time-waster.
13 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

"City on Fire" was made in 1979, when the disaster genre was already past its prime - and a dispirited, tired affair it is. Most of the actors (except for the amusingly unbalanced villain) sleepwalk through their roles, possibly knowing that the film had no chance of reviving the genre. At least there are some pretty realistic effects, though the movie never makes clear how exactly the fire spread over the entire city. (**)


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How about a region 1 dvd release? onnanob2
Sympathies for Nurse Andrea Harper? stell1837
Shelly Winters and Ava Gardner trickymutha
Discuss City on Fire (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?