Cinema: The Great Flame-Out

THE TOWERING INFERNO

Directed by JOHN GUILLERMIN

Screenplay by STERLING SILLIPHANT

Among disaster films, The Towering Inferno is the superepic. Based on not one but two bad novels, featuring four stars above the title instead of just one and having several scarcely less important figures (Jennifer Jones, Fred Astaire, O.J. Simpson) among the supporting players, it required an unprecedented combination of two major companies (Fox and Warner Bros.) to produce. Merely to turn out a single skyscraper they conspicuously consumed twice the amount that Universal spent to destroy all of Los Angeles in Earthquake....

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