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The Towering Inferno

Released 1974
Distributor Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century-Fox

Irwin Allen followed up The Poseidon Adventure with another big budget disaster spectacle that gives the hotfoot to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Hardly Paul Newman’s greatest achievement, but he approaches it with the same powerful presence he brought to all his films, and teams up effectively with fellow superstar Steve McQueen.

About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.