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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The fire starts on the 81st floor and magically jumps down to 65 with no explanation. Meanwhile 14 floors above, the firefighters set up shop, with flames above and below them. Similar jumps of the blaze above 81 are not really explained. See more »
Hey Dunc, if that fire was caused by fluky wiring in this building, we could get fires breaking out everywhere!
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The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »
My Take: The disaster movies done the old-fashioned way. Big thrills, big drama, big stars and everything else.
The 70's marked the age of the disaster movies, evolving from the adaptation of Arthur Hailey's "Airport", then boost up by Irwin Allen's "The Poseidon Adventure", which was a hit. Allen continued the legacy of his work by doing another disaster film. It was "The Towering Inferno". "The Towering Inferno" is heavily considered as the best of the long cycle of 70's disaster movies. It was well-made, well-acted, and well-sold on the box-office. The problem, though, was it was too long. The first parts revolved on the celebration of the grand opening of the tallest office building on earth (at the movies, of course), the Glass Tower. But when it gets to the disaster, you see how great this film is. Impressive special-effects and great acting by an all-star cast help make this film the classic it is.
Recommended for any fan of the genre. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and for that value alone, THE TOWERING INFERNO is a bona-fide classic all-star extravaganza.
Rating: ***** out of 5.
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