The Towering Inferno

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  • PG
The Towering Inferno, one in a string of disaster movies of the 1970s, was promoted as a tribute to firefighters and their heroic work. It was also among the highest-grossing box office draws of the mid-1970s. The finishing touches have just been made... read more
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The Towering Inferno, one in a string of disaster movies of the 1970s, was promoted as a tribute to firefighters and their heroic work. It was also among the highest-grossing box office draws of the mid-1970s. The finishing touches have just been made to the Glass Tower, a 138-story skyscraper in the heart of San Francisco. A huge celebratory gala, complete with VIP guests, has been planned to celebrate the dedication of what has been promoted as the world's tallest building. But the building's architect, Doug Roberts, suspects all is not right with the building. The contractors have used shoddy wiring, not the heavy-duty wiring he had specified. The overworked wiring develops short circuits, coincidentally enough during the height of the celebratory extravaganza; it isn't long before the Glass Tower becomes a huge towering inferno. The nearly 300 guests become trapped on the building's 135th floor, where the party takes place. Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan immediately devises a daring plan to rescue the trapped guests, but his efforts quickly become a battle against time and the panicked guests.

Original Release

12/14/1974

Cast

Steve McQueen Chief O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman Doug Roberts
Faye Dunaway Susan
Robert Vaughn Senator Parker
William Holden Jim Duncan
O.J. Simpson Jernigan
Fred Astaire Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely Patty
Richard Chamberlain Simmons
Jennifer Jones Janet - Secretary
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Guillermin, Irwin Allen

Writers

Richard Martin Stern, Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson, Stirling Silliphant

Cast

Steve McQueen Chief O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman Doug Roberts
Faye Dunaway Susan
Robert Vaughn Senator Parker
William Holden Jim Duncan
O.J. Simpson Jernigan
Fred Astaire Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely Patty
Richard Chamberlain Simmons
Jennifer Jones Janet - Secretary
Robert Wagner Bigelow
Susan Flannery Lorrie
Sheila Allen Paula Ramsay (as Sheila Mathews)
Norman Burton Giddings (as Normann Burton)
Jack Collins Mayor Ramsay
David Armstrong Party Guest
Malcolm Atterbury Jeweler
Robert Hitchcock Party Guest
Mike Johnson Fire Victim in Elevator
Paul King Engineer

Producers

Editors

Carl Kress, Harold F. Kress

1975 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1975 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1975 Oscar Best Cinematography Won
1975 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Nominated
1975 Oscar Best Sound Nominated
1975 Oscar Best Film Editing Won
1975 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Won
1975 Oscar Best Music, Original Dramatic Score Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Won
1975 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
1975 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Nominated
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