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The Towering Inferno (1974)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief O'Hallorhan
... Doug Roberts
... Jim Duncan
... Susan
... Harlee Claiborne
... Patty
... Simmons
... Lisolette
... Jernigan
... Senator Parker
... Bigelow
... Lorrie
... Paula Ramsay (as Sheila Mathews)
... Giddings (as Normann Burton)
... Mayor Ramsay
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Storyline

Doug Roberts, Architect, returns from a long vacation to find work nearly completed on his skyscraper. He goes to the party that night concerned he's found that his wiring specifications have not been followed and that the building continues to develop short circuits. When the fire begins, Michael O'Halleran is the chief on duty as a series of daring rescues punctuate the terror of a building too tall to have a fire successfully fought from the ground. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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One minute you're attending a party atop the world's tallest skyscraper. The next... you're trapped with 294 other guests in the middle of a fiery hell. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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1 January 1975 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Flammendes Inferno  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$116,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,700,000
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(Westrex Recording System)| (Japan theatrical release)

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2.35:1 (35mm) 2.2:1(70mm)
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Trivia

William Holden demanded first billing. However, his career had declined so much that his only hit in recent years was The Wild Bunch (1969), which was an ensemble project. Therefore he was billed after Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. See more »

Goofs

When guests are evacuated with the Breeches Buoy, the line to the Peerless Building is relatively straight. Since the Glass Tower is the tallest building in the world and the Peerless Building is a number of stories shorter, the line from the Promenade Room to the roof of the Peerless Building should go at noticeably downward angle. See more »

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Scott: What building's on the corner of Montgomery and... aw Jesus, it's the Glass Tower.
Young Fireman: What?
Scott: The Glass Tower! I sure hope that fire's on the first floor!
Young Fireman: You ever fight one in a high rise?
Scott: Yeah.
Young Fireman: Is it as tough as I hear?
Scott: Like being inside a chimney!
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »

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Referenced in Gentleman (1997) See more »

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The More I See You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as the group is heading to the elevator after the tower's lighting ceremony
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The Towering Inferno
15 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

What a movie! it has an all star cast including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and many more.

The basis for this movie is the opening of the worlds tallest building, but things aren't as perfect as they seem as architect Paul Newman discovers inadequate electrical wiring in the building which could result in dangerous concequences. He then reports this to the buildings owner James Duncan but he doesn't think that it is a problem and still decides to go on with the opening ceremony which puts 300 peoples lives in the balance while trapped on the top of the 138 storey skyscraper when the building goes on fire due to the poor wiring, this results in unpredictable explosions and fires breaking out everywhere in the building. It is now up to fireman Steve McQueen his crew and the aide of the Navy to rescue the 300 people on top of the building and put out the fire.

By far the best disaster movie ever made with a terrific all star cast. Not to be missed!


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