The Towering Inferno

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"The world’s tallest building is on fire. You are there on the 135th floor . . . no way down . . . no way out."
  • PG
  • 1974
  • 2 hr 45 min
  • 7.0  (40,533)
  • 69

Set in a roughly 24 hour period, the film takes place in and around San Francisco's fictional "Glass Tower," famous even before its opening for being "the world's tallest building" at 138 stories. Intended as a combination retail/residential/office complex, the Tower is about to have its gala grand opening, but its architect, Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) isn't happy. He accuses oily electrical engineer Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain) of saving money by installing a sub-par electrical system. Simmons denies this, but as the characters argue, the film's audience can see fire break out in the electrical panel and begin to spread through the building as various characters and their soap opera plots (will Newman and Faye Dunaway reconcile? Will Fred Astaire be exposed as a con artist?) prepare for the black tie event they'll all become trapped at. While some characters will behave heroically and others cravenly, ultimately it will be up to fire chief Michael O'Halloran (Steve McQueen) and his brave crew to save the day in literally explosive fashion.

The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno (Trailer 1)
The Towering Inferno (Trailer 1)

Trailer - 1 min 30 sec

The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno

Trailer - 2 min 12 sec

Description
Set in a roughly 24 hour period, the film takes place in and around San Francisco's fictional "Glass Tower," famous even before its opening for being "the world's tallest building" at 138 stories. Intended as a combination retail/residential/office complex, the Tower is about to have its gala grand opening, but its architect, Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) isn't happy. He accuses oily electrical engineer Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain) of saving money by installing a sub-par electrical system.

Simmons denies this, but as the characters argue, the film's audience can see fire break out in the electrical panel and begin to spread through the building as various characters and their soap opera plots (will Newman and Faye Dunaway reconcile? Will Fred Astaire be exposed as a con artist?) prepare for the black tie event they'll all become trapped at. While some characters will behave heroically and others cravenly, ultimately it will be up to fire chief Michael O'Halloran (Steve McQueen) and his brave crew to save the day in literally explosive fashion.

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 action movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 45 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 69.

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  • Release Date
    1974
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    2 hr 45 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (40,533)
  • Metascore
    69