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The Towering Inferno ()


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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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Chief O'Hallorhan
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Doug Roberts
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Jim Duncan
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Susan
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Harlee Claiborne
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Patty
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Simmons
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Lisolette
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Jernigan
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Senator Parker
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Bigelow
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Lorrie
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Paula Ramsay (as Sheila Mathews)
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Giddings (as Normann Burton)
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Mayor Ramsay
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Kappy
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Scott
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Carlos
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Mark Powers (as Ernie Orsatti)
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Deputy Chief #1
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Lady in Buoy
Ann Leicester ...
Guest
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Flaker
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Deputy Chief #2
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Johnson (as Olan Soulé)
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Angela Allbright
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Phillip Allbright
Carol McEvoy ...
Mrs. Allbright
Scott Newman ...
Young Fireman
Paul Comi ...
Tim
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Chief Officer
Patrick Culliton ...
Technician
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Leasing Agent (as William H. Bassett)
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Callahan
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Wes (as Erik Nelson)
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Announcer
Norman Hicks ...
Pilot (as LCDR. Norman Hicks)
Thomas Karnahan ...
Co-Pilot (as LTJG. Thomas Karnahan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Jeweler (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Hitchcock ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Kathryn Janssen ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Dale Johnson ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Fire Victim in Elevator (uncredited)
Paul King ...
Engineer (uncredited)
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Bigelow's Assistant (uncredited)
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Herself - Singer at Party (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Security Guard (uncredited)
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Janet - Secretary (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
William Traylor ...
Security Guard in Control Room (uncredited)
John Vick ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Guillermin

Written by

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Richard Martin Stern ... (novel "The Tower")
 
Thomas N. Scortia ... (novel "The Glass Inferno") and
Frank M. Robinson ... (novel "The Glass Inferno")
 
Stirling Silliphant ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Irwin Allen ... producer
Sidney Marshall ... associate producer

Music by

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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Fred J. Koenekamp ... director of photography (as Fred Koenekamp)

Film Editing by

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Carl Kress
Harold F. Kress

Editorial Department

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William DeNicholas ... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper ... negative cutter
George E. Swink ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Jack Baur

Production Design by

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William J. Creber ... (as William Creber)

Art Direction by

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Ward Preston

Set Decoration by

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Raphael Bretton

Costume Design by

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Paul Zastupnevich ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Naomi Cavin ... hair stylist
Susan Germaine ... hair stylist
Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist (as Emil La Vigne)
Jean Burt Reilly ... hair stylist
Monty Westmore ... makeup artist (as Monte Westmore)

Production Management

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Norman A. Cook ... unit production manager
Jere Henshaw ... production supervisor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Hal Herman ... executive production manager
Richard Shepherd ... production supervisor: Warner Bros.

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Irwin Allen ... director: action sequences
Newt Arnold ... assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Phil Ball ... second assistant director
Bob Bender ... second assistant director
Michael Grillo ... assistant director: trainee (as Michael F. Grillo)
Malcolm R. Harding ... assistant director: action sequences (as Malcolm Harding)
Wes McAfee ... assistant director
Donald White ... second assistant director (as Don White)

Art Department

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Tom Cranham ... production illustrator
Dan Goozee ... production illustrator
Nikita Knatz ... production illustrator
Jerry Kobold ... property master: action sequences
Robert McLaughlin ... property master
Joseph Musso ... production illustrator
Steven P. Sardanis ... assistant art director (as Steve Sardanis)
Frank Chapman ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
William Cruse ... set designer (uncredited)
Mike Garcia ... leadman (uncredited)
Ron Greenwood ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)
William O. King ... prop shop (uncredited)
Edward T. McAvoy ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella ... scenic artist (uncredited) / scenic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John A. Bonner ... sound supervisor (as John Bonner)
Don Hall ... supervising sound editor
Herman Lewis ... production mixer
Theodore Soderberg ... re-recording mixer
Orrick Barrett ... boom operator (uncredited)
John Speak ... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Bruce Vanover ... cable person (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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A.D. Flowers ... mechanical effects
Logan Frazee ... mechanical effects
Johnny Borgese ... special effects (uncredited)
Gerald Endler ... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Gary L. King ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jay King ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robert W. King ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich ... matte painter (uncredited)

Stunts

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Paul Stader ... stunt coordinator
Phil Adams ... stunts (uncredited)
M. James Arnett ... stunts (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear ... stunts (uncredited)
Cody Bearpaw ... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler ... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia ... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso ... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Crist ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis ... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial ... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri ... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Diamond Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn ... stunts (uncredited)
George Fisher ... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve Mcqueen (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... stunt double: Robert Wagner (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner ... stunts (uncredited)
Lars Lundgren ... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hugh McKnight ... stunts (uncredited)
Steve McQueen ... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton ... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paul Newman ... stunts (uncredited)
John Nowak ... stunts (uncredited)
Doug O'Dell ... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti ... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton ... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton ... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Preston Peterson ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Porter ... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Reinhard ... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles ... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham ... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... stunts (uncredited)
Glynn Rubin ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... stunts (uncredited)
Rodell Sharpe ... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Stader ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Stader ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh ... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur ... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography: action sequences (as Joseph Biroc)
Kathy Fields ... still photographer
Orville Hallberg ... camera operator: action sequences
Bill Hannah ... gaffer: action sequences
Thomas Laughridge ... camera operator
John Murray ... key grip
Lou Pazelli ... key grip: action sequences
Gene Stout ... gaffer
Orlando Suero ... still photographer
Ron Anderson ... electrician (uncredited)
Curtis Foster ... rigging gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Jim Freeman ... cinematographer: San Francisco (uncredited)
Robert Jason ... electrician (uncredited)
Al LaVerde ... grip (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Frank Redmond ... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Reynolds ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Wally Harton ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Dick James ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Kathleen McCandless ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Hugh McFarland ... costumer: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leonard A. Engel ... supervising music editor (as Len Engel)
Ted Keep ... scoring mixer
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Billy Byers ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dominick Fera ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Ted Keep ... scoring engineer (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Bernie Kaai Lewis ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ernie Rosecrans ... music preparation (uncredited)
Glen Rosecrans ... music preparation (uncredited)
John Williams ... conductor (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Elizabeth Atkinson ... production assistant
Jack Cavallero ... technical adviser (as Jack Cavallero Battalion Chief S.F.F.D)
Ed Conlon ... technical adviser (as Ed Conlon Chief Eng. T.C.F.)
Albert Gail ... executive assistant to producer
Marie Kenney ... script supervisor
George Leslie ... production controller
Pete Lucarelli ... technical adviser (as Pete Lucarelli Battalion Chief L.A.F.D.)
Steven Marlo ... dialogue coach
Don Morgan ... unit publicist
Esther Stephenson ... script supervisor: action sequences
Art Volpert ... production coordinator
William Welch ... executive assistant to producer
Lewis Wolff ... real estate consultant
Tony Habeeb ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ann Leicester ... secretary to director (uncredited)
Dick Manchaca ... craft service (uncredited)
Margaret Reeves ... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Edward Summer ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Sharon Thurgood ... studio teacher (uncredited)

Thanks

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Keith P. Calden ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Keith P. Calden Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department)
Raymond M. Hill ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Raymond M. Hill Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines One Tiny Spark Becomes A Night Of Blazing Suspense. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La tour infernale (France)
  • Flammendes Inferno (Germany)
  • El coloso en llamas (Spain)
  • Infierno en la torre (Argentina)
  • Flammendes Inferno (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 165 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $139,700,000

Did You Know?

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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 A helicopter lowers O'Hallorhan onto the damaged scenic elevator. In order to set him directly and vertically onto the elevator car (he did not swing to it), the helicopter blades would have to be no more than a foot wide to get that close to the building - or the cable would have to reach to the top of the building to accommodate the width of the helicopter blades, which would be impossible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980). See more »
Soundtracks We May Never Love Like This Again See more »
Crazy Credits The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning. See more »
Quotes Doug Roberts: I don't know. Maybe they just oughta leave it the way it is. Kind of a shrine to all the bullshit in the world.
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