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City on Fire (1979)

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.

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Cast

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Dr. Frank Whitman
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Diana Brockhurst-Lautrec
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Nurse Andrea Harper
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Mayor William Dudley
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Jimbo
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Maggie Grayson
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Fire Chief Albert Risley
Jonathan Welsh ...
Herman Stover
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Mrs. Adams (as Hilary Labow)
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Fire Captain Harrison Risley
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John O'Brien
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Dr. Matwick
Terry Haig ...
Terry James
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Councilman Paley
Ken James ...
Andrew - Deputy Fire Chief
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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

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

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$5,300,000 (estimated)
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German Import DVD has a Super-8 Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc. See more »

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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.
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Better than it's reputation
5 December 1999 | by (Trøndelag, Norway) – See all my reviews

City on fire is a disaster-film which is better than it's reputation. The actors is perhaps as so good as in "Towering Inferno", but the movie have some real exciting scenes to show, and it's not exactly low-budget scenes. The plot is maybe a bit naive compared to "The Towering Inferno", but I remember I thought City on Fire was better than Towering Inferno when I saw both this movies in the 1980's.

7 out of 10 from me


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