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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 »
Several French language signs can be seen around the "American" city in the film. See more »
Chief Albert Risley:
All it takes is one man, could be anybody... your neighbor, my neighbor... one man to destroy a city.
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This movie had a good idea at a start: the city being burned the same way as Chicago in the 19th Century, London on the 18th Century or Rome, under Nero's rules in about 70 A.D. And shall we say Pompei in 79 A.D. under the wrath of the Vesuvius volcano ?
But in the 20th Century. Good idea ! But the genre has passed an earthquake, a high rise building, a cruiseship and so on... And passing again the City of Montreal as a Midwest city, with a big oil field next to it...
Bring on some big stars, some washed up, others who still has it and some second rates, then throw this scenario like The Towering Inferno with soap-like intrigue, with the center subject: the opening of a brand new hospital...
The result: a boring, too slow and predictable movie, with low-rated special effects and the worst cinematography ever for a movie. And noticing for the climatic scenes that it remained in one city street set build on an old quarry in East End Montreal. And to think of it, looking closely, all cardboard...
Sad that the genre was washed-up at the time.
Acting was so-so. Thank God Mr.Fonda did won an Academy Award two years later in a better film (On Golden Pond), but I believe he should have passed this one...
And to listen to the French Dubbing made in Paris... Wondering who dubbed this crap... Unbearable !
Maybe this film should be redone one day... But hey, aren't we tired of seeing those artificial catastrophes when real ones occurred recently ?
A movie to forget... Despite its all-star cast...
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