The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

John Guillermin (1974)

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Our Score
It took two major studios - Fox and Warner Bros, pooling resources - and two similar novels - The Tower and The Glass Inferno - to make this triple-Oscar-winning disaster movie. The fun comes from guessing which superstars will get fried to a crisp in the burning San Francisco skyscraper, ignited during the opening ceremony, and who will be saved by daring fire chief Steve McQueen. The big-name cast plays second fiddle to the blazing special effects, but the mounting suspense and outlandish rescue attempts fan the consistently entertaining flames.


The world's tallest building goes up in flames during the opening celebrations. While the architect who designed the skyscraper tries to save the party-goers trapped on the 135th floor, a fire chief leads a valiant attempt to fight the blaze. Disaster movie, starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Blakely and Robert Vaughn.

Cast & Crew

Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan Steve McQueen (1)
Doug Roberts Paul Newman
Jim Duncan William Holden (2)
Susan Franklin Faye Dunaway
Harlee Claiborne Fred Astaire
Patty Simmons Susan Blakely
Roger Simmons Richard Chamberlain
Lisolette Mueller Jennifer Jones
Security Chief Jernigan O J Simpson
Senator Gary Parker Robert Vaughn (1)
Dan Bigelow Robert Wagner
Lorrie Susan Flannery
Paula Ramsay Sheila Mathews
Kappy Don Gordon
Deputy chief Dabney Coleman
Callahan John Crawford
Director John Guillermin
Director Irwin Allen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray