All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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.
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…
Star studded nonsense...entertaining though, perfect Sunday afternoon film
Well this is a lot more like the TV melodrama I expected to find revisiting these things, but it's still very impressive and very watchable. It's interesting that I singled out the fact that there are no truly bad people in The Poseidon Adventure, because that's kind of the problem here - there's a social hierarchy thing going on which means you're immediately glad some of these people are going into this building which you know is going to burn, and it doesn't do much to turn you around on that. The characters here aren't nearly as strongly drawn as those in Poseidon, which is weird since the movie runs a full 50 minutes longer.
It's a disaster movie that's…
Perhaps the greatest mainstay of 1970's cinema that I miss the most are the epic disaster pictures, most of which were created by mayhem maestro Irwin Allen. One of his most popular features was "The Towering Inferno," and although it wasn't my personal favorite, it did carry on the sub-genre in grand and glorious tradition.
It's an epic production, on a scale that would simply be unmanageable by today's standards, full of cheesy characters and dialogue and all of the other staples such as the spectacular death scenes and the warnings that go unheeded. The film has assembled a great cast of favorites from the era, and it's great fun watching Steve McQueen and Paul Newman clash on the screen…
An awesome disaster movie that mostly takes place inside a huge skyscraper in San Fransisco, that has newly opened, but has flaws in its security system. Paul Newman plays the architect who designed the building (though his plans weren't followed through on completely), and Steve McQueen a firefighter who arrives on the scene when a fire breaks out in the building, trapping a huge gathering near the top who are attending a party.
It's a masterpiece in disaster cinema, with great set pieces and tons of memorable characters who are stuck in the building. An absolute blast from start to finish, and a true delight to see the kings of cool, Newman and McQueen, act alongside each other in such a big tentpole film.
An epic big budget Hollywood film starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Great effects and fun stories wrapping around the many characters in the film. Way too long though. They could have trimmed this down to 1:45 instead of the 2:44 that it was. Great ending regardless.
Seventies disaster movies are my cinematic comfort food. The Towering Inferno has all the ingredients. Take a few big stars, a few washed up ones, make sure to include silly melodrama, panicked fools, at least one hero, at least one sleazy douchebag, head shaking, and told- ya -sos.
I came to vague awareness of the 70's disaster-movie trend by their airing on TV a few years later - or more specifically, the ads for those airings. I went through a phase where I was fascinated by skyscrapers, but the very idea behind this movie gave them a touch of dread. How awful would it be to be stuck above the flames, too high for rescue? (needless to say, this feeling came back with a great, queasy power in 2001.)
This movie takes place in a fictional San Francisco skyscraper so tall - about the size of NYC's new One World Trade Center - that they had to invent another fictional supertall skyscraper just to make one of the…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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