Aug 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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It's opening day for San Francisco's newest landmark, "The Glass Tower" - the world's tallest building. There are all kinds of interesting people gathered for a fancy soiree in the Promenade Room up on the 135th floor. Problem is, a massive electrical fire has broken out on the 81st floor. Much drama ensues.
This Irwin Allen production is generally considered to be the best of the 1970's "disaster movies." It is a tense, exciting film.
Paul Newman is the architect who designed the tower, and William Holden is the real estate developer who built it. Richard Chamberlain is the smarmy, cost-cutting electrical engineer, and Susan Blakely is his wife, and the daughter of the developer. Faye Dunaway is a resident entrepreneur, and the love interest of the architect. Steve McQueen is the fire chief trying desperately to put out the fire before it reaches the large gathering of A- and B-List celebrities in the Promenade Room at the pinnacle of the tower. O.J. Simpson is, ironically, a security guard. Also starring Fred Astaire, Robert Wagner, Jennifer Jones, Robert Vaughn, Mike Lookinland (a/k/a Bobby Brady) and Dabney Coleman.
I have this film on blu-ray, and it looks fantastic. Do yourself a favor, and don't underestimate what the special effects guys could accomplish before the age of CGI.
You can watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4vMyz_6CA0