The Towering Inferno
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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),… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie doesn't stick together in one's head; this thing is like some junky fairground show -- a chamber of horrors with skeletons that jump up."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A Titanic tale of hubris...knot-in-the-stomach scary from the moment the fire gets out of control to the last-ditch heroics that come hours later. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"For pure disaster-time spectacle, the short list begins (and basically ends) with Poseidon and Inferno. They're time-capsule genre classics that just never get old."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"You may not come out of the theater with any important ideas about American architecture or enterprise, but you will have had a vivid, completely safe nightmare."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Ironically, there's now something almost comforting about the way the film sticks to formula, but the action is still authentically thrilling."
‑ , Film4
"break out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy a galaxy of stars picking up their fat paychecks and having a great time. They absolutely don't make 'em like this anymore"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Scared me as a kid. Bored me as an adult."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Featuring an all-star cast (Paul Newman, Steve McQueen), the movie delivers the goods of a well-crafted disaster flick, but strangely, it was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Towering Inferno's glass-spangled erection burns with an uncontrollable lust for spectacle."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"a camp classic disaster movie"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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