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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.
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…
Cuarenta años de taquicardias y el pobre McQueen apagando los fuegos que provocaba Newman. Cine grande de estudio. Tan grande que adapta dos novelas de tres autores, tiene dos directores y, el secreto, UN GUIONISTA.
Considered by many to be the greatest disaster movie of all time.
I believe it to be the second greatest disaster movie of all time. Titanic being number one.
The film is a true spectacle. Nominated for Best Picture and I can see why. For a near three hour film it's paced and structured perfectly.
We are introduced to all of the great characters right at the start-we find out a lot about them in a short amount of time and it's enough to make us care about them throughout the film-the disaster begins very early on-the film doesn't give us an hour of setup. The fire begins within the first 15 to 20 minutes.
Once that fire starts it's…
I have a soft spot for 70s disaster movies. I remember seeing them on television as a child and being affected by the sheer scale of tragedy.
As a movie fan I found it impossible not to sit open-mouthed at the spectacle. Great sets with real fire, real water, real twisted metal and and real explosions. Big stars throwing themselves to their deaths.
What I didn't appreciate first time round was the biblical morality tale at work. If the 70s disaster movies are examples of humility in the face of an angry God; a superpower's guilt at commercial post-war growth and moral decline of the 60s, then the Glass Tower is its Babel, mankind's attempt to scale heaven itself smote…
There are not many nearly three-hour long films I've seen that are as entertaining or exciting as The Towering Inferno. With a brilliant all-star cast that included Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, and Fred Astaire in what was arguably his last high-profile film appearance, this was an atmospheric, gripping, and well directed disaster film that also features great visual effects for its time.
Erstaunlich spannender Katastrophenfilm mit teils krassen Überraschungsmomenten aus den 70ern mit enormem Aufwand produziert damals. Der Film packt über die ganze Länge, naja mit Abstrichen. Der Anfang ist nämlich etwas träge aber sobald es brennt geht die Post ab.
Ein Fan von Katastrophenfilmen bin ich eigentlich nicht was wohl an den CGI Orgien liegt die heutzutage als Katastrophe herhalten müssen. CGI hat aber noch nie Spannung oder Gefahr erzeugen können, naja ein paar Ausnahmen gibt es.
Auf jeden Fall absolute Empfehlung für jeden der keine CGI Feuer mehr sehen will.
Myself and my mate Geoff attempted to watch this the last time he was up, but forgot how long it was. This time I did not underestimate 'The Towering Inferno'.
With a stellar cast, a fantastic premise, and some damn fine special effects; The Towering Inferno is a spectacle and a half. It is not all style over substance, unlike many modern disaster films.
A perfect way to spend an afternoon off, nothing too taxing, but splendid in virtually every way. And who can't resist the allure of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen fighting for prominence? And an unfortunate support cast of who's who in cinematic legend. Emmerich take note...
This is the second-greatest disaster film of all time, behind the original THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. In addition to an all-star cast led by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, the entire film feels like the love child of a disaster movie and an old-school prime time soap.
A health and safety nightmare and more kick ass for it.
Bad building design
Mixed with cardboard characters
Leaves me wanting more.
Fun disaster flick from way back when. Could watch Newman all day. Not sure why it's almost three hours long. Bye.
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…
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