Disaster movies used to work because there was little certainty as to who would survive. Not so in this film, really an amalgam of two original stories, about a group of well-to-do celebrants at the top floor of a skyscraper. Cheapo electrical wiring and bad construction management cause an enormous blaze at the lower floors, steadily rising to consume the revellers. Newman's an architect, McQueen a firefighter and Fred Astaire a kind old gentleman, for which he was Oscar-nominated. OJ Simpson plays a security guard who rescues a cat. Now that's a disaster. -- Keith... Simanton, Amazon.com [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play A dedication ceremony at the world&39;s tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when an electrical flare-up causes a raging fire trapping society&39;s most prominent citizens on the top floor!Winner of three Academy Awards this spectacular suspense thriller features dazzling special effects and a star-studded cast including Paul Newman Steve McQueen William Holden and Faye Dunaway Actors Steve McQueen Paul Newman William Holden Faye Dunaway Fred Astaire Susan Blakely Richard Chamberlain Jennifer Jones OJ Simpson Robert Vaughn Robert Wagner Susan Flannery Sheila Allen Norman Burton & Jack CollinsDirector John GuillerminCertificate 15 years and overYear 1974Screen Widescreen 2351Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) StereoAdditional Languages SpanishSubtitles English ; Arabic ; Romainian ; Bulgarian ; English For The Hearing ImpairedClosed Captions YesDuration 2 hours and 38 minutes (approx)
A huge glass tower block, touted as the tallest building in the world, bursts into flame on its opening night. An all-star cast includes Steve McQueen as Michael O'Hallorhan, the fire chief determined to get the blaze under control, while Paul Newman stars as embarrassed architect Doug Roberts, trapped inside with fellow guests Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner. 'The Towering Inferno' became the biggest of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies, which began four years earlier with 'Airport'.