THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974)

I’m a sucker for a decent disaster film. Caught that fever back in the 70s when they seemed to be coming out every other week! I remember seeing The Towering Inferno (1974) when it first came out. I remember reading one of the books (The Tower) it was based on (it was based on TWO books, that’s how big and sprawling this film was). So when I found it was on the other night, I knew I was going to be sucked in. Paul Newman is the architect who had designed this marvelously... tall building in the heart of San Francisco. William Holden is the owner who told slimy son-in-law Richard Chamberlain to cut costs – well, he cut costs SO much that the darn skyscraper catches fire big time during the big dedication party on the tippity-top floor! Steve McQueen is the battalion chief who has to keep coming up with ways to try and save much of Hollywood’s biggest stars. If you try not to think about the story too much, The Towering Inferno can be good, silly, throwback adventure (it was actually a Best Picture nominee). Among the stars gathered in peril: Faye Dunaway, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire (who is seen dancing) and Jennifer Jones,. Look quick for Dabney Coleman.
Oh, and O.J. Simpson rescues a cat. #68 of 2017.

TLA one-word review: classic