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The Towering Inferno (1974) Movie Information

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John Guillermin, Irwin Allen


Steve McQueen
Paul Newman
William Holden
Faye Dunaway
Fred Astaire
Susan Blakely





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At the gala premiere opening of the world's tallest skyscraper, architect Doug Roberts discovers builders have installed shoddy wiring. Sure enough, a fire breaks out during the celebration and the world's tallest building becomes the world's tallest death trap. -- Chris Kavan

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One of the better 70s disaster movies with the trademark ensemble cast of heavyweights and has-beens. Like The Poseidon Adventure, it's entertainingly daft if taken with a liberal dose of salt, and it's worth it just to watch Newman and McQueen trying to out-alpha male each other.

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dukeakasmudge 08/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Who knew a movie about a burning building could be so interesting?

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Chris Kavan 10/07/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Good old Irwin Allen - father of the disaster film (for better or worse). Sure, this is cheesy, but it's also pretty fun - like all disaster movies should be.

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Allison 11/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I really like Faye Dunaway so I saw this one. It's okay but never really does anything that I haven't seen before.

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10/07/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Disaster movie with great cast but poor script

I really did not much care for this film, I really find it annoying that this cast could not have been in a better film. It is a standard disaster movie just more fire more explosions and people trying to survive in different situations. The outside characters have little to say that is interesting in depth and when important characters die they die in strange ways that I almost missed them dying since it was nonchalant. It looks dated very pure seventies, and is interesting to see Paul Newman and Steve McQueen together but that is not enough. If you like these movies you might like I don't.

Oscar nomination Fred Astaire 3/5 Best Supporting actor- Fred Astaire is good in this. One of the few characters you really get to know at along with Jennifer Jones. He does rise above the materia...

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