All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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.
If I were a building, I’d probably also go up in flames if I had Paul Newman and Fred Astaire walking around inside of me. Only so much hotness a building can handle, right? But it gets worse. Steve McQueen shows up on the scene — of all people! — to extinguish the fire. McQueen the fireman. What a joke. If I were a building in flames and McQueen was sent over to get me under control, I can tell you right now I’d burn more, not less.
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…
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With engaging characters, great performances from a terrific ensemble cast, spectacular set pieces, mounting tension, beautiful cinematography, and swift pacing, John Guillermin's The Towering Inferno is arguably the pinnacle achievement of the disaster film genre.
It comes as a bit of a shame (but understandable nevertheless) that The Towering Inferno doesn't get shown as often on television anymore following 9/11. Possibly the finest example of a seventies disaster film alongside The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno stuck two of the three biggest Hollywood stars of the decade together in a fight to save hundreds of people from a fire in a newly-built skyscraper in San Francisco. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen play the architect and a fire-chief respectfully who both play their part in an epic race against time as the fire rages out of control engulfing the building. We have heroics from many quarters, and the usual cliche-ridden rich cowards, but it's the two…
Now this is a proper blockbuster! Just look at that cast!
As The Towering Inferno approaches 40, it's safe to say that, bar some hammy acting, it has aged really well.
It is classy filmmaking that still carries the same tension and horror it did the first time I saw it. While it doesn't give me the nightmares it gave me the first time I saw it, I still find the randomness and the fierceness of the fire terrifying.
The cast is absolutely stellar and a joy to watch. I love disaster films and seeing Newman and McQueen together with Astaire running around is just icing on the cake.
I'm sure I'll stick around to see this fantastic film reach 50!
Classic disaster movie. It is very much a genre movie, and if you don't like the concept in the first place (i.e. something bad happens early in the film, rest of the film is trying to escape/save people) then you might not enjoy it. What I liked about it is that there was genuine peril. I didn't feel sure that any character was going to survive, which is not always the case in a film like this.
The decor of the tower is VERY 70s. Everything is in shades of brown and orange.
there's a bigass fire happening yet they expect me to believe these people can just touch metal railings and doorknobs without even flinching?
Disaster blockbuster, with each scene of someone horribly in flames presented as a feat for the audience's delectation. The picture practically stops for us to say, "Yummy, that's a good one!" These incendiary deaths and the falls from high up in the 138-floor tallest skyscraper in the world are the film's only feats. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen mutter heroic sentiments, and Faye Dunaway manages to look goddessy-beautiful through it all, wandering through the chaos in puce see-through chiffon. John Guillermin directed and Irwin Allen produced. Stirling Silliphant wrote the series of bloopers that make up the script, which is based on two books--Richard Martin Stern's The Tower and Thomas M. Scortia's The Glass Inferno--that were sold to Hollywood studios.…
Entertaining disaster film with hundreds of people partying on the 138th floor of a new high-rise trying to escape a dangerous fire approaching them from beneath. The all-star cast is OK, but the real attraction here is the disaster, pulled off with spectacular pre-digital-era special effects. At almost three hours, this could easily have been trimmed about thirty minutes, but definitely a fun ride.
The epitome of 1970's disaster films. A fun way to watch the stars of the day get blown to bits in the exaggerated & melodramatic manner Irwin Allen made his own.
Featuring the same damn band as the Poseidon Adventure.
I hate that band.
For the love of humanity we need to stop that band.
Great Cast! Love William Holden, Paul Newman, Steve MccQueen
Su efecto "entretenimiento-espectáculo-evasión" permanece intacto hoy día. El romance de senectud de Jennifer Jones y Fred Astaire es lo -único que chirria. Tengo la impresión de que los guionistas se dieron cuenta a tiempo, de ahí la violenta precipitación de Jones desde lo alto de la towering inferno a mitad de metraje.
Steve McQueen and Paul Newman in the same movie.
The Towering Inferno is a film I had long put off watching, being under the impression that it was either a technical accomplishment that did not stand up to modern scrutiny or else a risibly sentimental approach to the blockbuster. What a pleasant surprise, then, that the film is neither. The special effects, while dated at times, still raise the pulse. The film, too, adopts an unsentimental attitude towards its large cast of characters and retains some of the cynicism towards authority that make 70s films feel so contemporary. It is a pleasure to see an action film where you are aware exactly where every character is in space and that uses the building's architecture so ingeniously, especially in the denouement. The unsettling parallels to 9/11, too, add a level of pathos to proceedings, making one character's final warning about the risk of a mass casualty event in a skyscraper portentous.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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