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The Towering Inferno
- Paul Newman

Overview - A horrible fire engulfs the world's largest skyscraper trapping a group of people on the top floor. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, Best Cinematography, Best Song ("We May Never Love Like This Again"), Best Editing.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A horrible fire engulfs the world's largest skyscraper trapping a group of people on the top floor. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, Best Cinematography, Best Song ("We May Never Love Like This Again"), Best Editing.

Awards:
1974 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1974 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
1974 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner

Cast List

Irwin Allen - Director/Prod./Disaster
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Paul Newman - Oscar-winning American actor, THE COLOR OF MONEY
Ernie F. Orsatti - American actor; assistant director & stunt man
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Susan Blakely - Former Model/Actress
Steve McQueen - American actor, BULLIT
Steven McQueen - American actor, BULLIT
William Creber - Production Designer
William J. Creber - Production Designer
Stirling Silliphant - Screenwriter/Producer
Jennifer Jones - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Phyllis Isley - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Dabney Coleman - American Actor
Faye Dunaway - Oscar winning american actress, NETWORK
Don Gordon - American supporting actor
Susan Flannery - American film and television actress,
Joseph Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Joseph F. Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Joe Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Ward Preston - Art Director
Jack Collins - American Supporting Actor
Robert Vaughn - American actor, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS
O.J. Simpson - Athlete, actor, THE TOWERING INFERNO, THE NAKED GUN
Michael Lookinland - American Television Actor
Mike Lookinland - American Television Actor
Fred Koenekamp - American Director of Photography
Fred J. Koenekamp - American Director of Photography
Carl Kress - Editor
John Guillermin - British Director
Norman Burton - American actor
Normann Burton - American actor
Fred Astaire - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Frederick Austerlitz - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Felton Perry - American supporting actor
Sheila Allen - Actress, producer, THE TOWERING INFERNO, THE POSEIDON ADVENT
Paul Zastupnevich - Costume Designer
Harold F. Kress - American Editor/Director

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 165
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543600008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2013

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Synopsis:
One hundred and thirty stories of glass and steel pierce the landscape, a monument to architectural know-how and the power of money. But the builders have taken some cash-saving shortcuts, and it takes just one spark from an electric current to set off a disaster. During a celebratory party full of wealthy movers and shakers, the tower bursts into flames, and chaos erupts as the raging force of nature envelopes the structure. A courageous fire captain on the outside and the desperate architect trapped inside struggle to save the guests from the fire created by their greedy manipulations.

Notes:
Warner Brothers, which owned Richard Martin Stern's "The Tower," and 20th Century Fox, which owned Thomas N. Scotia and Frank Robinson's "The Glass Inferno," joined artistic and financial forces to produce this film. It cost approximately $14 million to make and made $55 million in domestic release and $150 million worldwide. Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision. 200 stunts were performed by 100 stunt doubles; however stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman both preferred to do their own stunt work, including the last one where they were tied down along with the rest of the guests, and millions of gallons of water were released on top of them. Additional cast: Elizabeth Rogers (Lady in Buoy), Ann Leicester (Guest), Norman Grabowski (Flaker), Olan Soule (Johnson), Carlena Gower (Angela Allbright), Carol McEvoy (Mrs. Allbright), Paul Comi (Tim), George Wallace (Chief Officer), Patrick Culliton (Technician), Erik Nelson (Wes), and Art Ballinger (Announcer). Additional credits: Orville Hallbert (camera operator action sequences), Ted Keep (scoring mixer), Don White and Phil Ball (assistant directors), Vanderveer Photo Effects (opticals), and Pacific Title (titles). The producers gratefully acknowledged the cooperation of: San Francisco Fire Department San Francisco Board of Fire Commissioners Keith P. Calden, Chief of San Francisco Fire Dept. Los Angeles City Fire Department Los Angeles City Board of Fire Commissioners Raymond M. Hill, Chief of Los Angeles Fire Dept. Dedication: To those who give their lives so that others might live -- to the fire fighters of the world - this picture is gratefully dedicated. "The Towering Inferno" was actress Jennifer Jones' last screen appearance. The laserdisc version includes the original theatrical trailer.

Reviews:
"...One of the best movies of its type ever made..." - 04/02/1999 USA Today, p.8E


"Disaster master Irwin Allen's thrilling Best Picture nominee is overflowing with classic instances of historical import..." - 06/04/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.35

 
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