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The Towering Inferno

Steve McQueen  Actor Paul Newman  Actor William Holden  Actor Faye Dunaway  Actor Fred Astaire  Actor Richard Chamberlain  Actor Carlena Gower  Actor Carol McEvoy  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Violence,Questionable for Children,Adult Language

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The Towering Inferno

UPC: 024543231707

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Violence, Questionable for Children, Adult Language]

Summary: 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

Category: Action

Awards: Anthony Asquith Award – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – null Best Supporting Actress – null New Star of the Year - Female – null Best Screenplay – null Best Original Song – null Best Original Song – null Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actor – British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Features: cc All-new audio commentary by film historian F.X. Feeney
All-new scene-specific commentary by Mike Vezina, special effects director on X-Men 3, and Branko Racki, stunt coordinator on The Day After Tomorrow
Nine all-new featurettes: "Inside the Tower: We Remember," "Innovating Tower: The SPFX 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 Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant"
Over 30 extended/deleted scenes
AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno
NATO presentation reel
Three interactive articles from American Cinematographer
Original making-of featurettes
1977 Irwin Allen interview
Still photo galleries (shot compositions, publicity, behind the scenes, conceptual sketches, costumes)
Original teaser, trailer, and more

The Towering Inferno

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/09/2006

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD4.0 Dolby Digital 4.0, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 164 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Towering Inferno, Disc 1
1. Main Titles [3:03]
2. The Architect [:32]
3. From Far and Near [5:27]
4. Where There's Smoke... [2:24]
5. Wanting It Both Ways [1:38]
6. Up To Code [:41]
7. Red Carpet Treatment [4:55]
8. Working Late [3:59]
9. Party Time [:10]
10. Overload [5:48]
11. Command Center [3:08]
12. Evacuation Order [:45]
13. Change of Plans [3:05]
14. Out of Control [2:42]
15. No Exit [1:36]
16. Good Neighbors [1:35]
17. Higher and Higher [1:09]
18. Hold On Tight [3:55]
19. Naval Support [5:22]
20. Down the Shaft [:27]
21. Stairway to Hell [:22]
22. Regrets [:42]
23. Central Core [:19]
24. Women and Children [1:32]
25. Lifeline [:23]
26. Hanging by a Thread [:54]
27. Down to the Ground [:14]
28. No Other Option [:49]
29. Last Chance [:12]
30. A Million Gallons [4:09]
31. Blueprint For the Future [1:03]
32. End Titles [:24]

Brendon Hanley

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

Cast and Crew: Irwin Allen  Director 
Irwin Allen  Producer 
John Guillermin  Director 
Stirling Silliphant  Screenwriter 
John Williams  Composer (Music Score) 
Steve McQueen  Actor 
Paul Newman  Actor 
William Holden  Actor 
Faye Dunaway  Actor 
Fred Astaire  Actor 
Richard Chamberlain  Actor 
Malcolm Atterbury  Actor 
Dabney Coleman  Actor 
John Crawford  Actor 
Mike Lookinland  Actor 
Sheila Mathews  Actor 
Maureen McGovern  Actor 
Ernie F. Orsatti  Actor 
Gregory Sierra  Actor 
Norman Burton  Actor 
Don Gordon  Actor 
Felton Perry  Actor 
Robert Vaughn  Actor 
Susan Blakely  Actor 
Jennifer Jones  Actor 
O.J. Simpson  Actor 
Robert Wagner  Actor 
Susan Flannery  Actor 
Olan Soule  Actor 
Jack Collins  Actor 
Carlena Gower  Actor 
Carol McEvoy  Actor 

Country: USA