CHAPTER 5

2005: Towering Inferno

How to stop your business going up in smoke

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Towering Inferno
Released: 1974
Director: John Guillermin
Cast: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire
Synopsis: At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
Awards: 3 Oscars (Cinematography, Editing, Original Song) and 2 BAFTAS (Music, Supporting Actor).
Trivia: Steve McQueen insisted that he and co-star Paul Newman had exactly the same number of lines of dialogue in the script. Both were also paid the same amount: $1 m and 7.5% of box office. Of the 57 sets built for the production, only eight remained standing when ...

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