The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno (1974)

On the day of its grand opening, the world's tallest building becomes victim to an electrical mishap and a subsequent huge fire on its upper floors, causing all of the city's rescue teams to converge upon the scene and attempt to… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pauline Kael
New Yorker

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A starry cast share out roles that are less like characters than places in a lifeboat.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Despite the best efforts of most of those involved, the film never takes off as more than just a remarkable collection of glossy violence.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

The result is everything a disaster movie should be, a combination of soap opera and the spectacle of destruction.

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Variety Staff

The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films.

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Ironically, there's now something almost comforting about the way the film sticks to formula, but the action is still authentically thrilling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
The Towering Inferno is a clusterfuck of hammy dialogue, overly ambitious cinematography, and explosions aplenty. Meaning of course, that it is surely nestled… More
Alex roy
The Towering Inferno is one of the first of many disaster films that followed during the 1970's. The film is very thrilling and packed with suspense and… More
Jason Owens
Lengthy, yes, but it didn't feel at all lengthy to me. Before I knew it, I was 2 hours into the film, but remember thinking it only felt like 30… More
Lady D'arbanville
A Classic film which I'm sure was a big Disaster film in it's day, it's the kind of film you can watch whilst doing other things as it's… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Decent entry in the disaster genre, character development is obviously kept to a minimum. The two main reasons to watch this are the cast and the old school… More
Tim Salmons
What can one say about The Towering Inferno that hasn't already been said? It's cheesy, it's bloated, but it amazingly all works. Most of my… More

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