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The Towering Inferno


Architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) arrives at the opening party of a new 138-story building in San Francisco, but parts of it are poorly constructed and when a fire breaks out the party becomes a death trap.¬†Together with¬†The Poseidon Adventure¬†(1972), this is the most cherished disaster movie of the decade. It has an all-star cast (where Fred Astaire is the standout as an old con man), lots of fiery visual effects and a certain sense of wonder. The cold-blooded approach to killing off people in gruesome ways is just part of this genre’s DNA‚Ķ but it‚Äôs harder to accept the bland writing and long running time.

1974-U.S. 165 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by¬†Irwin Allen. Directed by¬†John Guillermin, Irwin Allen. Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant. Novels: Richard Martin Stern (‚ÄĚThe Tower‚ÄĚ), Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson (‚ÄĚThe Glass Inferno‚ÄĚ). Cinematography: Fred J. Koenekamp, Joseph F. Biroc. Music: John Williams. Song: “We May Never Love Like This Again” (Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn). Editing: Harold F. Kress, Carl Kress. Cast: Steve McQueen (Michael O’Hallorhan), Paul Newman (Doug Roberts), William Holden (Jim Duncan), Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely… Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Dabney Coleman.¬†

Trivia: Jones’s last film. Olivia de Havilland was allegedly considered for a part.

Oscars: Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Song. BAFTA: Best Supporting Actor (Astaire), Film Music. Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Astaire).


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  1. Dell

    It’s San Francisco, not Los Angeles.

    1. Stefan

      Thank you! I changed it.

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