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  • Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
  • UPC #024543600008
  • Model #2260000

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    Plot
      A skyscraper and an all-star cast go up in flames in Irwin Allen's classic disaster movie. To celebrate the construction of the Glass Tower, the world's tallest building, architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) and builder James Duncan (William Holden) hold a gala bash on the highest floors. Trouble is, Duncan's son-in-law and electrical subcontractor Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain) installed faulty wiring throughout the 138-story behemoth to save money. While the guests -- including Doug's lady friend (Faye Dunaway), a rich widow (Jennifer Jones), a con man (Fred Astaire), and a politico (Robert Vaughn) -- enjoy the party, and a security guard (O.J. Simpson) wonders why his equipment is on the fritz, a burnt-out circuit breaker ignites some garbage on the 85th floor, swiftly turning the high-rise into, well, a towering inferno. With the guests trapped on the 135th floor, it's up to Roberts and Fire Chief O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) to find a way to stop the blaze. Though not the first all-star '70s disaster movie (1970's Airport and 1972's The Poseidon Adventure preceded it), The Towering Inferno was the most popular and the most spectacular. In a move that would become more common in late-'90s blockbuster Hollywood, The Towering Inferno's mammoth production was mounted by two studios; screenwriter Stirling Silliphant combined the two novels owned by the studios into one saga. 1970s "shake 'n bake" maestro Allen, with co-director John Guillermin (Allen did the action sequences), tapped into deep fears about the fragility of modern life in the face of extreme natural phenomena, as well as into the envies and insecurities of middle-aged professional men. The Towering Inferno packed theaters and earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture; it won for Cinematography, Editing, and Song. While its heroic, no-nonsense men provided some traditional comfort, The Towering Inferno still might provoke second thoughts about going into a skyscraper. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Action
    Movie Level Themes
      Trapped or Confined, Daring Rescues
    Movie Level Tones
      Paranoid, Tense, Visceral, Forceful, Rousing

    DVD Features

    • Audio Commentary by Film Historian F.X. Feeney
    • Scene-Specific Commentary by Mike Vzina, Special Effects Director on X-Men: The Last Stand, And Branko Racki, Stunt Coordinator: Montreal On The Day After Tomorrow
    • Over 30 Extended/Deleted Scenes
    • Inside The Tower: We Remember/Innovating Tower: The SPX of An Inferno
    • The Art of Towering
    • Irwin Allen: The Great Producer
    • Directing The Inferno
    • Putting Out Fire
    • Running On Fire
    • Still The World's Tallest Building
    • The Writer: Stirling Silliphant
    • AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno
    • Storyboard-To-Film Comparisons
    • NATO Presentation Reel
    • Original "Making-Of" Featurettes
    • 1977 Irwin Allen Interview
    • Original Teaser, Trailer and The Poseidon Adventure Trailer
    • 3 Interactive Articles From American Cinematographer
    • Still Galleries
    • (Shot Compositions, Publicity, Behind-The-Scenes, Conceptual Sketches, Costumes)
    Awards
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ward Preston-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Fred Koenekamp-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Joel Hirschhorn-Winner
    • 1975--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Fred Astaire-Winner
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Stirling Silliphant-Nominee
    • 1975--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, John Williams-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Fred Astaire-Nominee
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Susan Flannery-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Williams-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Theodore Soderberg-Nominee
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Fred Astaire-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Raphael Bretton-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Joseph Biroc-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Harold Kress-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Carl Kress-Nominee
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Jennifer Jones-Nominee
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Joel Hirschhorn-Nominee
    • 1974--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Al Kasha-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, William J. Creber-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Irwin Allen-Nominee
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Al Kasha-Winner
    • 1974--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Herman Lewis-Nominee
    AMG Rating

    Review

      The most popular and critically lauded of the cookie-cutter disaster movies of 1970s, The Towering Inferno set the high-water mark for the genre. Though the film's eight Academy Award nominations may seem laughable today, there's no denying Inferno's strength at tapping the era's sense of morbid paranoia. Irwin Allen produced the film -- as well as directed the major action set pieces -- and he delivers the lavish production design, star-studded cast, melodramatic subplots, and life-and-death dilemmas audiences had come to expect in the wake of Airport and The Poseidon Adventure. Inferno stands out from the crowd mainly for its audacious sets and high-quality performances. The cast list is staggering; Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, and Fred Astaire are among the luminaries. Spurred on by the overwhelming success of The Towering Inferno, the disaster genre went into high-gear for the rest of the decade, with mostly disastrous results. John Williams did the excellent score. ~ Brendon Hanley, Rovi


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