The Towering Inferno
Directed by John Guillermin. US. 1974. PG. 165 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Sun., July 9, 2017
In the wake of the immensely successful 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, the 1970s were awash with special-effects-driven “disaster” films (e.g., Earthquake, The Hindenberg, etc.) However, none of them matched the star-power and visual grandeur of this tale of a brand-new San Francisco skyscraper whose upper floors burst into flame during the opening ceremony. In addition to such top stars of the time as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, the cast includes such favorites as William Holden, Fred Astaire, Robert Wagner, Jennifer Jones, Robert Vaughn, and even O.J. Simpson, all caught up in the behind-the-scenes drama and the conflagration. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, it deservedly won for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Song (“We May Never Love Like This Again.”) If you’ve only seen this one on TV, you haven’t really seen it; so come watch The Towering Inferno as it was meant to be seen, on the Colonial’s really big screen and catch the burn.