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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…
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…
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…
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 epic. The action is a bit dated but it's helped by a slow-burning, character driven plot. 6/10.
"I don't know. Maybe they just oughta leave it the way it is. Kind of a shrine to all the bullshit in the world."
People always seem to think that the The Towering Inferno set the template for the disaster movie genre. Yet, The Poseidon Adventure actually surfaced two years before this fiery epic.
Steve McQueen and Paul Newman compete for screen time among a host of other stars that includes such luminaries as Faye Dunaway, William Holden and Robert Vaughn. Unlike many of the other films of this genre The Towering Inferno spends very little time in the beginning fleshing these characters out, and instead concentrates on Newman, the architect, and the cost-saving decisions that led to the building…
The template for the 1970s disaster film cycle sees a fire breaking out on the 81st floor of a San Francisco skyscraper. A master class in special effects wizardry and an all-star cast on every floor, headed up by Steve McQueen as the ace fire chief and Paul Newman the heroic architect.
Faye Dunaway is wasted as Newman's girlfriend but there is much interest from veterans Fred Astaire and Jennifer Jones and the sight of OJ Simpson scrambling to save a cat.
Despite being 40 years old the film still looks great and even better for a new Blu ray print. John Williams' soundtrack only strengthens the high-rise jeopardy and Irwin Allen does a fine job framing the explosions and stunts.
This is a film I've seen more than once before, but tonight was the first time I had ever watched it on Blu-Ray (where it looks and sounds great).
While at times I did feel its length, otherwise I was able to watch this 165 minute movie in one sitting with little problems. The initial fire that starts everything off happens soon after the movie starts and things are paced pretty well in that you get to meet all the important characters and spend enough time with them to where you care about them and their fate.
A lot of calamities happen (cutting corners while constructing the tallest building of all time... a pretty stupid and yet unfortunately not hard…
"Disaster" is certainly an apt description of this - it was problem after problem for the occupants of Glass Tower. The film had had a great sense of scale but ended up being overly long, lacking the necessary pace to justify the runtime for an action movie.
The duo of McQueen and Newman are always enjoyable to watch. A decent enough flick.
Filmed during the brief-ish window when Faye Dunaway was still hot. Otherwise her onscreen marriage to Paul Newman would have seemed unlikely.
This film has all the usual disaster movie clichés but is still basically brilliant. WHY WON'T YOU EVACUATE THE PARTY?? WHY?!?! Typical stuff really.
Have you ever seen that show Extreme Couponing? So annoying. Why can't Americans say coupon? It's not kew-pon.
Steve McQueen rules.
Considered by many to be the granddaddy of all disaster movies, THE TOWERING INFERNO boasts an all-star cast trapped in a glamorous-on-the-surface but poorly-designed skyscraper that bursts into flames, the fire starting in the middle and gradually spreading up and down. Yes, the writing is a bit clunky and predictable, and at times it all feels a bit hokey and dated, but the film still manages some genuinely tense set-pieces. And that repeated exterior establishing shot of the building, with the inferno spread further each time, act as the film's chilling heartbeat. These days, the film is best known for the rivalry between stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, fuelled mostly by the rampant ego of McQueen, who demanded his…
The dialogue is cheesy, and some of the composite and bluescreen shots don't hold up. But holy cow, this is still a great film.
The disaster movie to end all disaster movies, and an extremely effective use of momentum in script, as well as action. The missteps come in the form of the graceless proselytizing of fire fighters, which wouldn't be an issue, had it not been for the opening text. Still, hard to fault a movie that has two of the greatest actors of all-time, working together (Newman and McQueen) in something this fun. It's a pleasure to watch a film this terrifically plotted, shot and executed.
The Towering Inferno is an old school disaster movie designed for a Sunday afternoon in front of the box.
It is way too long, has too much going on and like the pizza I cooked up - ends up a little burnt around the edges. However it is as tasty as my pizza proved to be, has as many tasty ingredients going on and, by the end, was totally satisfying - if not leaving me a little bloated........ huh? Belch! - 'cuse me.
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