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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from votes
||Release: 20 December 1974 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
||Stars: Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Jack Collins, Jennifer Jones, Norman Burton, O.J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Sheila Allen, Steve McQueen, Susan Blakely, Susan Flannery, William Holden
||Synopsis: Doug Roberts, Architect, returns from a long vacation to find work nearly completed on his skyscraper. He goes to the party that night concerned he's found that his wiring specifications have not been followed and that the building continues to develop short circuits. When the fire begins, Michael O'Halleran is the chief on duty as a series of daring rescues punctuate the terror of a building too tall to have a fire successfully fought from the ground. Written by John Vogel firstname.lastname@example.org
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Having struck box office gold two years earlier with The Poseidon Adventure,
Irwin Allen aided by the combined financing of Fox and Warner Bros., decided
to do himself one better with The Towering Inferno. No expense was spared,
as evidenced by Allen securing the services of two of the top box office
draws available in Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Next, he hedged his bet
with a supporting cast that ran the gamut from William Holden, Fred Astaire
and Faye Dunaway to soap actress Susan Flannery and football star O.J.
Simpson. Add a lot of fire, a lot of smoke, a lot of flaming and charred
humans and you have the makings of a box office bonanza. It's amazing that
the budget was held down to a mere $14 million dollars even in 1974 dollars.
Did it work? The film grossed $116 million dollars which was quite a
princely sum in those days so the answer to that as far as Allen, Fox, and
Warner Bros. is concerned would be yes.
Newman plays architect Doug Roberts who has been away in the jungle
somewhere but is returning home just in time for the grand opening of the
tallest building ever to grace California that he just happened to have
designed. Doug is also returning home to his mistress played by Faye
Dunaway to persuade her to join him on his next project. The head of the
company building the tower is James Duncan(William Holden) whom has left a
lot of the details of the construction of the tower to his no good
son-in-law, Roger Simmons(Richard Chamberlain). That turns out to be bad
news for everyone unfortunate to find themselves in The Tower. After some
of the wiring in the building begins to have a major meltdown, Doug
investigates to find that Roger has cut so many corners it could lead to a
major catastrophe. Was there any doubt?
Despite the abundance of headlining actors in Towering Inferno, the true
star of the film is the disaster itself, just as it is in any of these
concoctions. Allen directed the action sequences with John Guillerman
handling the rest of the chores. Allen does himself proud. Although we
know of course that The Tower is not truly as tall as the filmmakers would
have us believe, it's not obvious enough to detract from the film. It
doesn't matter though, as most of the action takes place inside the building
or near the suite at the top where most of our stars end up trapped. Of
course this being a disaster film, we do get the privilege of watching
flaming bodies fall over a hundred stories, be it it outside or down an
Allen also does well at piling on the suspense and keeps you on edge for
long moments, with such things as a long climb up a flaming stare well and a
long decent down a scenic elevator that will have you wringing your hands.
The fire sequences are all well staged as you can almost feel the flames
leaping through the screen and smell the smoke circling around the
The problem with most disaster films is that with the good, there is
generally some bad and Inferno is no exception. Some of the dialog in this
film is truly horrendous.
Duncan: How bad is it?
Halloran: It's a fire. All fires are bad
James Duncan: Give me the architect that designed you, and who needs Doug
Susan: I do.
In one truly silly moment, after Dan Bigelow(Robert Wagner) and his
secretary Lorrie (Susan Flannery)have just finished love making, the fire
has engulfed the room next to theirs. Lorrie, being the ever observant
secretary and mistress sniffs and delivers this line:
"Did someone leave a cigarette burning?"
The best of the actors is easily Steve McQueen. As Chief
O'Hallorhan who is called to put the fire out, he seems to relish has role
as a fire department head. Paul Newman on the other hand is a mixed bag.
When he's playing his scenes with McQueen, Holden, Dunaway, or Chamberlain,
he's OK. In other scenes, especially when the fire initially breaks out, he
appears stiff and uncomfortable. Fred Astaire is on hand as the whimsical
con artist Harlee Claiborne out to bilk Lisolette Mueller (Jennifer
Jones)with some phony stocks. Jones is one of the best things going in this
movie, turning out to be quite the heroine. Dunaway as Robert's girlfriend
Susan is dry enough that we wish they could have brought Joanne Woodward in
to give the relationship some real spark (no pun intended). Wagner as Dan
Bigelow is a charmer but we just can't buy into his relationship with Lorrie
(Susan Flannery). Susan Blakely as Patty Simmons, Holden's spoiled daughter
and the wife of Roger (Richard Chamberlain)has nothing much to do except
chastise her husband for causing Daddy a big headache. Chamberlain, on the
other hand, seems to like playing the role of the villain and he does it
well. You'll have no trouble believing just how big of a jerk Roger is.
Last , is O.J. Simpson as the security guard who seems to be smarter than
everybody else. The role requires little and in his big screen debut,
Simpson gives it just that.
No matter. The Towering Inferno will still entertain you. At 165 minutes,
you'll only be looking at your watch in the first half hour or so as you
wait for that one tiny spark to ignite a night of suspense. Irwin Allen put
quite a spectacle on the screen, but unfortunately never again duplicated it
and with each subsequent film his product went from bad to being truly
mediocre. Considering how much I really liked this film, it's a shame.
Now, please put out that cigarette.
My Grade: B
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