The Towering Inferno (1974)

6.75 / Rated by 2 people

165 min.
Plot  Architect Doug Roberts (Newman) returns to San Francisco for the dedication of the Glass Tower, which he designed for owner James Duncan (Holden). At 138 stories (1,800 ft/550 m), it is the world's tallest building. Shortly after his arrival, an electrical short starts an undetected fire on the 81st floor while Roberts accuses the building's electrical engineer, Roger Simmons (Chamberlain), of cutting corners. Simmons insists the building is up to current safety standards.

During the high-profile dedication ceremony, public relations chief Dan Bigelow (Wagner) orders all the tower's lights to be turned on to impress the attending guests and dignitaries. The lighting overloads the electrical system and Roberts orders it shut off. Smoke is seen on the 81st floor and the San Francisco Fire Department is summoned. Roberts and engineer Will Giddings (Norman Burton) go to the 81st floor but fail to prevent a security guard opening a door, leading to a fire flash which burn...



Steve McQueen
Michael "Mike" O’Halloran
Paul Newman
Doug Roberts
William Holden
James "Jim" Duncan
Faye Dunaway
Susan Franklin
Fred Astaire
Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely
Patty Duncan Simmons
Richard Chamberlain
Roger Simmons
Jennifer Jones
Lisolette Mueller
O.J. Simpson
Harry Jernigan
Robert Vaughn
U.S. Senator Gary Parker
Robert Wagner
Dan Bigelow
Sheila Allen
Paula Ramsay
Norman Burton
Will Giddings
Jack Collins
Mayor Robert "Bob" Ramsay
Don Gordon
Felton Perry
Dabney Coleman
SFFD Deputy Chief 1
Elizabeth Rogers
Lady in Buoy
Ross Elliott
SFFD Deputy Chief 2
Olan Soule
Mike Lookinland
Phillip Allbright
Scott Newman
Young Fireman
Paul Comi
George Wallace
Chief Officer
William Bassett
Leasing Agent
John Crawford
Art Balinger
Maureen McGovern
Singer at Party
William Traylor
Bill Harton


All Titles

The Towering Inferno
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




Onur rated The Towering Inferno (1974) with 6.0 stars / 03.10.2017

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