The Towering Inferno: A Classic 1974 Disaster Film

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The Towering Inferno - A Classic 1974 Disaster Film
The Towering Inferno - A Classic 1974 Disaster Film - is a 1974 American disaster film directed by and produced by , featuring an ensemble cast led by and . It was adapted from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N.

Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. The film tells the story of a massive that breaks out in a during its opening party, and the efforts of the firefighters and the building's architect to save the trapped guests and residents.

The Plot

The film begins with architect Doug Roberts (Newman) returning to for the dedication of The Glass Tower, a mixed-use skyscraper that he designed for developer James Duncan (William Holden). The tower, 1,688 feet (515 m) tall and 138 stories, is the world's tallest building.

Roberts discovers that the wiring specifications have not been followed and that the building is prone to short circuits. He suspects that Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain), the electrical subcontractor and Duncan's son-in-law, cut corners to save money.

During the dedication ceremony, chief of public relations Dan Bigelow (Robert Wagner) turns on all the tower's lights, but Roberts orders them shut off to reduce the load on the electrical system. Smoke is seen on the 81st floor, and the San Francisco Fire Department is summoned.

Roberts and engineer Will Giddings (Norman Burton) go to that floor, where Giddings is fatally burned pushing a guard away from the fire. Roberts reports the fire to Duncan, who is courting Senator Gary Parker (Robert Vaughn) for an urban renewal contract and refuses to order an evacuation.

Meanwhile, the fire spreads to other floors, trapping many guests and residents, including Duncan's daughter Patty (Susan Blakely), her fiancé Harlee Claiborne (Fred Astaire), a con artist who has fallen in love with her, Lisolette Mueller (Jennifer Jones), a widow who lives with her cat, and Jernigan (O.J. Simpson), the tower's security chief.

Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan (McQueen) arrives and coordinates the rescue efforts with Roberts. They decide to use a breeches buoy to transfer a group of people from the Promenade Room on the 135th floor to the adjacent Peerless Building. However, the operation is interrupted when a panicked guest falls onto the line, causing it to snap and sending several people plunging to their deaths.

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