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The Towering inferno
McQueen, Steve, 1930-1980.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century-Fox Video, [1974]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (165 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Elevators turn into crematoria, rooms explode into a living hell. and one by one, avenues of escape disappear. The celebrated opening of the world's tallest skyscraper turns into horrifying disaster as a holocaust leaps up and traps hundreds. A fireman and the building's architect lead the rescue efforts, but the protechnics remain the center of attraction.
General Note:

Title from disc.

Based on the novel The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson.

Videodisc release of the 1974 motion picture by Twentieth Century-Fox and Warner Brothers.

Features include: interactive menus ; scene selection ; original theatrical trailer.

Digitally mastered ; English D24



For specific features see interactive menu.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DVD 66 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 66 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 66 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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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), 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