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The Towering Inferno

1974 Action, Thriller

About

At the opening party of a colossal - but poorly constructed - office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Directed by

John Guillermin

Written by

Stirling Silliphant (Screenplay)
Richard Martin Stern (Novel)
Thomas N. Scortia (Novel)
Frank M. Robinson (Novel)

Runtime

159 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Cast

Steve McQueen
as Chief O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman
as Doug Roberts
William Holden
as Jim Duncan
Faye Dunaway
as Susan
Fred Astaire
as Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely
as Patty
Richard Chamberlain
as Simmons
Jennifer Jones
as Lisolette

Awards

Oscar for Best Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc

Oscar for Best Film Editing

Oscar for Best Music, Original Song

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Lists

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