The Towering Inferno  

The world’s tallest building is on fire. You are there on the 135th floor . . . no way down . . . no way out.

The Towering Inferno (1974)

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At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin
Writer: Stirling Silliphant

Release Date: 1974-12-14
Status: Released
Run time: 159 min / 2:39
Budget: $14,000,000
Revenue: $116,000,000
Production Companies : United Films, Irwin Allen Productions, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1974-12-14
Status: Released
Run time: 159 min / 2:39
Budget: $14,000,000
Revenue: $116,000,000

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Steve McQueen
as Chief O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman
as Doug Roberts
William Holden
as Jim Duncan
Faye Dunaway
as Susan
Fred Astaire
as Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely
as Patty
Richard Chamberlain
as Simmons
Jennifer Jones
as Lisolette
O.J. Simpson
as Jernigan
Robert Vaughn
as Senator Parker
Robert Wagner
as Bigelow
Susan Flannery
as Lorrie
Sheila Allen
as Paula Ramsay
Norman Burton
as Giddings
Jack Collins
as Mayor Ramsay
Don Gordon
as Kappy
Felton Perry
as Scott
Gregory Sierra
as Carlos
Ernie F. Orsatti
as Mark Powers
Dabney Coleman
as Deputy Chief #1
Elizabeth Rogers
as Lady in Buoy
Ann Leicester
as Guest
Norman Grabowski
as Flaker
Ross Elliott
as Deputy Chief #2
Olan Soule
as Johnson
Carlena Gower
as Angela Allbright
Mike Lookinland
as Phillip Allbright
Carol McEvoy
as Mrs. Allbright
Scott Newman
as Young Fireman
Paul Comi
as Tim
George Wallace
as Chief Officer
Patrick Culliton
as Technician
William Bassett
as Leading Agent
John Crawford
as Callahan
Erik L. Nelson
as Wes
Art Balinger
as Announcer
Norman Hicks
as Pilot
Thomas Karnahan
as Co-Pilot
Leoda Richards
as Party Guest


Production Irwin Allen Producer
Directing John Guillermin Director
Writing Stirling Silliphant Screenplay
Writing Richard Martin Stern Novel
Writing Thomas N. Scortia Novel
Writing Frank M. Robinson Novel
Sound John Williams Original Music Composer
Production Sidney Marshall Associate Producer
Camera Fred J. Koenekamp Director of Photography
Editing Carl Kress Editor
Editing Harold F. Kress Editor
Production Jack Baur Casting
Art William J. Creber Production Design
Art Ward Preston Art Direction
Art Raphael Bretton Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Paul Zastupnevich Costume Design
Production Jere Henshaw Production Supervisor
Production Richard Shepherd Production Supervisor
Production Norman A. Cook Unit Production Manager
Directing Wes McAfee Assistant Director
Directing Newt Arnold Assistant Director
Production Art Volpert Production Coordinator
Crew Paul Stader Stunt Coordinator
Directing Bob Bender Second Assistant Director
Directing Philip Ball Second Assistant Director
Art Tom Cranham Production Illustrator
Art Dan Goozee Production Illustrator
Art Nikita Knatz Production Illustrator
Art Joseph Musso Production Illustrator
Crew George Leslie Production Controller
Directing Marie Kenney Script Supervisor
Crew Don Morgan Unit Publicist
Sound Theodore Soderberg Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Ted Keep Scoring Mixer
Sound Don Hall Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Leonard A. Engel Supervising Music Editor
Sound Herbert W. Spencer Orchestrator
Art Steven P. Sardanis Assistant Art Director
Camera Orlando Suero Still Photographer
Camera Kathy Fields Still Photographer
Art Robert McLaughlin Property Master
Costume & Make-Up Emile LaVigne Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Monte Westmore Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Jean Burt Reilly Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Susan Germaine Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Naomi Cavin Hairstylist
Camera Thomas Laughridge Camera Operator
Camera John Murray Key Grip
Lighting Gene Stout Gaffer
Editing Jack Hooper Negative Cutter
Directing Donald White Second Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Hugh McFarland Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Kathleen McCandless Costumer

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  • The Towering Inferno. There are ominous omens right from the beginning. All the principals arrive at the building for a big dedication party in the top floor restaurant, but meanwhile a generator shorts out and a small fire begins in an equipment room. The building has a state-of-the-art central communications and security system,...

  • Audience Reviews for The Towering Inferno. The Towering Inferno is one of the first of many disaster films that followed during the 1970's. The film is very thrilling and packed with suspense and action. The film has a great cast as well. However, I felt that the film at times was a tad too silly.

  • User Reviews. THE TOWERING INFERNO is, of course, a disaster movie, the methodical destruction of a high-rise skyscraper, along with many of its tenants. It came on the heels of THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and quite honestly is no match for that film's delicious mix of sappy sentimentality and hammy heroics.

  • Towering Inferno was a museum piece: spectacular, successful, rubbish. But it stands today — after Daylight, Volcano, Titanic, Hard Rain — as the giant of a reassessed genre. Poseidon will always be theoriginal and best, but there remains something irresistible about this film's expensive swagger, from the helicopter shot into San Francisco...

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  • DVD Review: The Towering Inferno Irwin Allen’s crowning achievement, and a shrine to all the bullshit behind Hollywood’s blockbuster franchises, The Towering Inferno continues to fascinate in spite of its riskless self.

  • The towering inferno is the greatest disaster movie of all time. I'm going 2 spend some time with this review because this movie deserves it . I have loved every thing irwin Allen has made because I grew up with irwin Allen show I won't name them because every one knows them but the towering inferno is the grand daddy of all disaster movies and this film should never ever be remade because it ...

  • The Towering Inferno (Special Edition) Review. But Newman's agents felt the same way, striking a deal that would put their client's name to the right of McQueen's but one line higher...two studios, two books, Irwin Allen and two stars at loggerheads. Now that's movie history.

  • The Towering Inferno Reviews. Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director. Featuring an all-star cast (Paul Newman, Steve McQueen), the movie delivers the goods of a well-crafted disaster flick, but strangely,...

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