The Towering Inferno

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  165 min.
Release Date: December 14, 1974
DVD: March 9, 1999

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


During a high-profile dedication ceremony for the opening of the Glass Tower, the world’s tallest building, all the tower's exterior lights are turned on to impress the attending guests and dignitaries. This overloads the electrical system and architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman), who designed the building, orders it to be shut off.

Despite this, a fire breaks out on the 81st floor, and by the time the fire department arrives, the fire has escalated, trapping guests, including 294 people attending the ceremony on the 135th floor. An emergency evacuation causes a frenzy, and the San Francisco Fire Department has to race through time in order to save lives.

Director: John Guillermin
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Irwin Allen
Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant

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