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Raging blaze engulfs the world's tallest skyscraper on the night of its glamorous dedication ceremonies. Allen had invented the disaster du jour genre two years earlier with "The Poseidon Adventure." Features a new but equally noteworthy cast.

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Available on Running time 165 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Disaster Flicks, Fires, Elevators, L.A., Top Grossing Films of 1974, Terror in Tall Buildings, Architects & Architecture
Stirling Silliphant
Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Jennifer Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Blakely, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner
Joseph Biroc, Fred W. Koenekamp
John Guillermin, Irwin Allen
John Williams
20th Century-Fox


Oscars 1974: Cinematog., Film Editing, Song ("We May Never Love Like This Again"); British Acad. 1975: Support. Actor (Astaire); Golden Globes 1975: Support. Actor (Astaire).

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The Towering Inferno
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This intense movie is about a 138 story glass tower building, which was supposed to be the world's tallest building and built in San Franciso. The architects were all proud of the building and a dedication ceremony was to take place that evening. Doug Roberts (played by Paul Newman) was the main architect who just arrived back from vacation for the ceremony when a fire starts on the 81st floor in a storage room. Doug discovers that Roger Simmons (played by Richard Chamberlin) has cut many corners trying to come in under budget so things weren't done to his specifications. Several people try to put the fire out but are unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the party of about 300 guests are on the 135th floor celebrating the building and eventually get trapped on that floor. This movie has an all star cast of actors from the 70's and many awesome fire scenes. It's a great movie that will keep you in suspense and hoping that everyone gets out alive.