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City on Fire (1979)

 -  Action | Drama  -  31 August 1979 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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
Hilary Farr ...
Mrs. Adams (as Hilary Labow)
Richard Donat ...
Fire Captain Harrison Risley
Mavor Moore ...
John O'Brien
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Dr. Matwick
Terry Haig ...
Terry James
Cec Linder ...
Councilman Paley
Ken James ...
Andrew - Deputy Fire Chief
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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

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

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

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Action | Drama

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31 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade em Chamas  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Some elements of the disaster depicted here reflect the Texas City Disaster: On 16 April 1947, a mid-morning fire on the SS Grandcamp, docked in Texas City, caused the ship to blow up and ignite several oil refineries around the harbor. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate and the ensuing fires and explosions killed at least 581 people in and around Texas City. These events also triggered the first class action lawsuit against the United States government, on behalf of 8,485 dead and injured victims. See more »

Goofs

TV station call letters in the USA start with K (for western states) or W (for eastern states), not C which are for all of Canada's provinces. 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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The lamest disaster film I have ever seen.
8 November 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

Of the entire disaster film genre, I found this one the most uninteresting. You know what the film is about from that title, so why bother? Leslie Nielson should definitely stick with comedy movies, he looks dumb in a serious role. About a crazy guy who gets a city caught on fire. I usually found disaster films fairly entertaining even if they didn't have much of a plot, but I just couldn't stand this one. The best thing that ever happened to this was the MST3K treatment, back in the KTMA days.


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