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
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According to Susan Flannery, 20th Century-Fox refused to let Irwin Allen direct all of the film. Allen directed all the action sequences and John Guillermin was hired only to direct the actors for non-action sequences. There were a total of 4 film units shooting at the same time. See more »
"Breeches Buoy" is the incorrect name of the actual chair. It is really called a "Boatswains Chair". An actual Breeches Buoy is a leather sack that you put your legs through, hanging suspended from the waist down. See more »
[the firemen are trapped in an elevator shaft]
We'll go down by rope. We're gonna rappel down to 65, get on top of that elevator, use it as an exit.
I can't make it. I'll fall. I know I'll fall.
Okay. Then you better go first. That way when you fall, you won't take any of us with you.
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The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »
The film was re-dubbed in 2003 for the German DVD release. All subsequent releases on DVD and Blu-ray feature this new dubbing, many TV airings as well. See more »
The More I See You
Music by Harry Warren
Played as the group is heading to the elevator after the tower's lighting ceremony See more »
Great disaster movie!
Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are in a movie together, and it's not a racecar movie? Well, in the 1970s, it was a big fad to make big-budget disaster movies with a large cast. The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake, and the Airport movies make up a classic niche genre, in which The Towering Inferno garners a top spot.
This one deals with a burning building, a skyscraper to be exact. Hence, the "towering" inferno. Countless characters are introduced to the audience, given reasons to become attached, and then placed in dire peril. Who will make it out alive? This film's all-star cast includes Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Susan Blakely, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, and Robert Wagner. Fred Astaire received his only Oscar nomination for this movie, which is the only reason why I watched it. I tend to scare easily, so disaster movies aren't my genre of choice. If you like them, this one is really good. Lots of tension, great special effects (for 1974), heart wrenching drama, and excitement up until the very end!
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