(Review originally written at 30 January 2004)

"The Towering Inferno" is one of the better disaster movies made in the seventies.

There are several impressive things about "The Towering Inferno", one of them is the cast with many, many major stars such as Steve McQueen Paul Freeman, Fred Astaire, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner and the list goes on. It's a real pleasure to watch such a great cast all in one movie. One of the other impressive things about the movie are the effects. The fire is created wonderfully by the crew and is really impressive.

The story is criminally over dramatized like in many other disaster movies is also the case, especially those made in the seventies. It's very soap like. Still the movie provides lot's of tense moments and some impressive stunts (even though over the top and unbelievable at times) that make the movie worth to watch.

The sets that are supposed to look modern and are laughable. They are simply too seventies-like but in a way it gives the movie a certain charm and feeling.

After 9/11 this movie actually got a whole other and new dimension what gives another reason to watch this movie or if you have seen it before 9/11 to watch it again these days. I'll bet you will look at it differently.

Very well worth seeing


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