18 certificateThe Towering Inferno is a Film programme that first aired in 1974 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

The Towering Inferno is a 3 star programme

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The Towering Inferno (1974)

Directed by
John Guillermin

When fire engulfs a skyscraper, architect Doug Roberts (Newman) and fire chief Michael O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) risk everything to try and save the lives of those trapped inside.

A simple yet effective premise that earned the blazing epic a clutch of awards including three Oscars, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The bigger story is that of the film's production which was financed by rival studios, starred competing egos Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and made headlines for its ground-breaking special effects.

33 years on, the film holds it's own against classic and contemporary titles and should be a must-see when it airs in high definition this month.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1974

3/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Steve McQueenSteve McQueen...Chief O'Hallorhan
Image for Paul NewmanPaul Newman...Doug Roberts
William Holden...Jim Duncan
Image for Faye DunawayFaye Dunaway...Susan
Image for Fred AstaireFred Astaire...Harlee Claiborne
Susan Blakely...Patty
Richard Chamberlain...Simmons
Jennifer Jones...Liselotte
O.J. Simpson...Jernigan
Image for Robert VaughnRobert Vaughn...Senator Parker
Image for Robert WagnerRobert Wagner...Bigelow
Susan Flannery...Lorrie
Sheila Allen...Paula Ramsay
Norman Burton...Giddings
Jack Collins...Mayor Ramsay