Warner Brothers, which owned Richard Martin Stern's "The Tower," and 20th Century Fox, which owned Thomas N. Scotia and Frank Robinson's "The Glass Inferno," joined artistic and financial forces to produce this film. It cost approximately $14 million to make and made $55 million in domestic release and $150 million worldwide.
Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
200 stunts were performed by 100 stunt doubles; however stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman both preferred to do their own stunt work, including the last one where they were tied down along with the rest of the guests, and millions of gallons of water were released on top of them.
Additional cast: Elizabeth Rogers (Lady in Buoy), Ann Leicester (Guest), Norman Grabowski (Flaker), Olan Soule (Johnson), Carlena Gower (Angela Allbright), Carol McEvoy (Mrs. Allbright), Paul Comi (Tim), George Wallace (Chief Officer), Patrick Culliton (Technician), Erik Nelson (Wes), and Art Ballinger (Announcer).
Additional credits: Orville Hallbert (camera operator action sequences), Ted Keep (scoring mixer), Don White and Phil Ball (assistant directors), Vanderveer Photo Effects (opticals), and Pacific Title (titles).
The producers gratefully acknowledged the cooperation of:
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Board of Fire Commissioners
Keith P. Calden, Chief of San Francisco Fire Dept.
Los Angeles City Fire Department
Los Angeles City Board of Fire Commissioners
Raymond M. Hill, Chief of Los Angeles Fire Dept.
Dedication: To those who give their lives so that others might live -- to the fire fighters of the world - this picture is gratefully dedicated.
"The Towering Inferno" was actress Jennifer Jones' last screen appearance.
The laserdisc version includes the original theatrical trailer.
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1974
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1974 Harold F. Kress American Editor/Director
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1974 Joseph Biroc American Director Of Photography
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1974 Fred Koenekamp American Director of Photography
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1974 Al Kasha Songwriter
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1974 Joel Hirschhorn Songwriter