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The Towering Inferno
The world's tallest building is on fire. You are there on the 135th floor... no way down... no way out.
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.
Step 1: Get two copies of The Towering Inferno.
Step 2: Get two large televisions and push them closer together.
Step 3: Start the first copy of The Towering Inferno somewhere between 10-15 minutes earlier than the second copy of The Towering Inferno.
Step 4: Get a horrified look on your face as it is confirmed for you that, yes, I'm totally making a 9/11 joke.
Here was a production so enormous that they had to double the duties of a normal production. Two studios put it together (20th Century and Warner Bros.), two directors were credited (one for talking scenes, one for action scenes), it's based on two novels smooshed together, and they very intricately and carefully designed it for two superstar leads (Steve McQueen and Paul Newman) to anchor the film. It's documented that McQueen only signed on if him and Newman had the exact same number of lines in the script. Even on the poster it's unsure who actually has top billing. McQueen's name comes first if you're reading left to right, but Newman's name is positioned higher if you're prone to read…
An all-star cast battle a series of spontaneous fires that break out in a 138-story skyscraper (the tallest and most spectacular building in the world) during its glitzy dedication ceremony.
Paul Newman (Hero 1) is the architect who designed the building. He quickly learns that the electrical engineer (Richard Chamberlain) cut corners installing the tower's electrical system to save money, with no objection from the greedy entrepreneur who owns the building (William Holden). Pretty soon there are explosions going off everywhere, with plate glass shattering and burning bodies careening helplessly toward cement. The fire department are called to stop the blaze, which is where we meet Steve McQueen (Hero 2), the fire chief who thinks architects like Newman should be…
In a time before Roland Emmerich was only allowed to shoot biblical plagues in his backyard and Michael Bay's career was a merely a glimpse on the horizon, disaster movies and explosions galore in general wasn't the big deal it is today. But then came 1972 and The Poseidon Adventure, the movie that put the desire in people to watch everything go wrong in the worst and biggest possible way, which paved the way for the sub-genre to this day. The Towering Inferno has it all: the big stars, epic length and scale and, most importantly, the flash. I imagine how excited audiences must've felt back in 1974 entering a movie theatre to…
El puro espectáculo cinematográfico tal como se entendía antes de 'Star Wars'. Uno va a verla esperando que se le vayan a notar los años, pero acaba alucinando al comprobar que la película va como un tiro. Actorazos, drama humano, acción espectacular y un edificio ultramoderno convertido en escenario de videojuego de plataformas. Clásico absoluto. Ay, Irwin Allen, qué genio eras.
With a lorry load of special effects, a plethora of stars and an unfortunately excessive runtime, 'The Towering Inferno' is a film produced on an epic scale.
Surprisingly, this film hasn't dated much at all. The special effects may not be as sophisticated as they are now, but a fire is a fire no matter when it was made. The exterior shots of the building, recreated in model form, also look surprisingly realistic and help prevent the film from looking like a cheap B-movie.
The thing that drew me in and got me to pick this film up was the cast. Starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, and featuring many other credible actors including Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire, I…
an over-the-top extravaganza that juggles half a dozen star-studded story lines with a great array of practical visual effects to deliver an spectacle that movies were meant to show.
O.J. Simpson saves a cat.
The ensemble and action here are nowhere near as well-defined as in The Poseidon Adventure, but it's still a competent and occasionally exciting disaster film. The implausible finale, in particular, is prime entertainment. Paul Newman carries his scenes well and makes the only impact among the actors. Fred Astaire's Oscar nomination is uproarious since he does next to nothing in all his scenes.
Steve McQueen & Paul Newman, I don't think much else is needed.
Really, people don't like this movie? That's the impression I'm getting from reading a lot of these other reviews. So a star studded cast, including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, and more, in one of the most intense, edge of your seat movies ever made, with such a simple but well done story isn't good enough for you? Fine, you're all entitled to your opinions. At one point, I checked how much longer there was, so that it was over an hour, and was excited that I would get to watch another hour of one of the most thoroughly entertaining movies I've ever seen.
Man, this was an awesome title back in 1974, and now it sounds like some kind of terrible deathcore band whose members wouldn't be clever enough to come up with this name if they didn't hear about it from their grandpa. ...Well, interestingly enough, there was an experimental, modern classical project named Towering Inferno, but even if it was deathcore, you probably wouldn't be thinking about it by the end of this film. Yeah, you kind of forget about your troubles after spending well over two-and-a-half hours watching the people try not to die, probably because you're wondering if it really would take a building this long to burn down. This fictional building was the tallest in the world by…
Hoho, this one was a great time of fun.
Despite the too long length the film offers so many disasters that made 150 minutes being so pleasant.
A very nice recommendation for those who loves watch burning bourgeois.
I also want to secretly tell you that the regular image of the commander MacGyver full of abilities and knowledge Architect figure the film has built upon has nothing to do with reality, at least nowadays I could say. We're simply a bunch of guys with abilities to harmonize and condense several construction and environmental systems through art.
A really brilliant disaster movie starring two of the best movie stars of the 70's (Paul Newman and Steve McQueen) alongside a plethora of other stars. (Many of whom meet an awful demise!).
A movie that would make Bay proud. Whatever there is to enjoy in its ridiculousness is brought down the runtime; it's too fucking long and full of stuff that goes nowhere. There were a couple of interesting hardcore deaths, though.
The movie reminds me a lot of Poseidon Adventure. That one was a lot more focused, exciting, and shorter.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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