The Towering Inferno

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Released 1974

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Director:
John Guillermin
Released:
1974
Rating:
PG
The Towering Inferno is the 1974 Oscar nominated disaster epic, boasting an all star cast of the day's hottest stars, and cutting edge special effects for the era. The film ranks as the best of the 70s disaster films and boasts terrific special effects, wonderful camera work, editing, and music. Directed by John Guillermin (King Kong 1976, King Kong Lives, The Blue Max), the film is set in San Francisco where the tallest skyscraper in the world called the Glass Tower has been built, however with the project running wildly over budget several compromises had to be made, including the electrical wiring systems which just aren't up to the task. In fact the fuse boxes are prone to overheating and when one does in a small utility room on the 83rd floor it starts a fire which quickly spreads and soon becomes uncontrollable. Unfortunately, up on the 135th floor the building's owner Jim Duncan (William Holden) is holding a star studded opening ceremony party that includes senators (Robert Vaughn), and the mayor (Jack Collins). Duncan learns of the fire but doesn't want any bad publicity so ignores the warnings, but the party guests soon become trapped as the fire rages on below them, and it's up to the building's architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) and fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) to outwit the fire and save anyone still trapped inside the skyscraper before they burn to death.moreless
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