• The Towering Inferno (2007)

The Towering Inferno

Release Date: December 12th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2003

PG |2 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Classic 1970s disaster movie about a fire that breaks out in a state-of-the-art San Francisco high-rise building during the opening ceremony attended by a host of A-list guests. An overworked fire chief and the building's architect must cooperate in the struggle to save lives and subdue panic while a corrupt, cost-cutting contractor tries to evade responsibility for the disaster.

Cast: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones

Director: John Guillermin , Irwin Allen

Genres: Thriller , Action

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Suspenseful , Rescue , 1970s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David FearRolling Stone

    The story is stock, but thanks to the behind-the-scene fire wranglers, you can practically feel the heat. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    In nearly every reasonable sense it’s the far more accomplished of the two famed Allen disaster epics. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    By far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Music (Song)
Nominated Sound
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture