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The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno
  • PG
  • 2h 45m
  • 1975
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A dedication ceremony at the world’s tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when an electrical flare-up causes a raging fire, trapping some of society’s most prominent citizens on the top floor. This suspense thriller classic features dazzling special effects and a knockout cast, including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Robert Wagner and Faye Dunaway.
© 1974 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Warner Bros., Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Although it is not consistently engaging enough to fully justify its towering runtime, The Towering Inferno is a blustery spectacle that executes its disaster premise with flair.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Tense, star-studded disaster movie; peril, death, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Towering Inferno is a 1974 Oscar-winning disaster movie -- with an all-star cast -- about a huge fire that causes severe peril, injury, and death. People are shown on fire and jumping from windows. A helicopter crew dies when their aircraft crashes. People also struggle to breath from smoke inhalation. The building's architect, Doug Roberts (Paul Newman), and Fire Chief O'Halloran (Steve McQueen) are both brave, caring, and resourceful. But other characters, such as the building manager (Richard Chamberlain), are shown as cowardly and selfish -- he at one point pushes people to their death to save himself. The language is infrequent but includes variants of "s--t" and "son of a bitch." Despite boasting the acting talents of the likes of Faye Dunaway, most of the female characters are restricted to the role of "wife" or "mistress." A couple kiss, and sex is implied as they are shown talking in bed wearing their underwear. Another couple kiss while having an affair. During a party, a number of revelers are seen smoking and drinking. The movie pays homage to the work of firefighters while taking a stance against building developers who cut corners on safety to save money.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:January 1, 1975
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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