The Towering Inferno was on cable last night. I have thoughts:
- How could I have seen this movie if I was eight the year it opened? I’m sure my parents watched it on TV. Which means that I did, too.
- Disaster movies: I remember a lot of them. Earthquake was a standout, and not in a good way.
- It’s amazing that I can even leave my flat.
- All the people-running-on-fire scenes: could this be why we kids spent a decade of nights in stiff, smelly, itchy, flame-retardant PJs?
- Because the 70’s were like, “Go ahead and die on your skateboard if you want, but I’ll be damned if you burst into flames in your sleep.”
- A tower 135 floors high? You’d be have to be nuts to design something like that, Paul Newman.
- After September 11, so many of the exterior shots of the building are just creepy to watch.
- But the thing doesn’t collapse. And why would it?
- Thanks to that scene near the end with Jennifer Jones, I have been afraid of high-rises for as long as I’ve known what they are.
- I also must have believed that public-servant heroics (the little helicopter gondola! The million gallons of water!) were possible in a disaster such as “skyscraper on fire”.
- And that they’d work.
- This would be why, when I spoke to my sister-in-law early on September 11, 2001, I asked her, “What happened to the people on the planes?”
- “This is one building that I figured wouldn’t burn.” TITANIC MUCH?
- The scene with William Holden loading people into the elevators in the burning building: “ Just 12 at a time, please”? That’s hysterical.
- This might be the only movie ever made with not one (O.J. Simpson), but two (Robert Wagner) actors who probably killed their wives.
- If someone put all the actors in that stinker New Year’s Day into a movie skyscraper, and set it on movie fire, I might go see it.
Want more disaster? You do.
- I think I’ve seen this before!
- What was it about the 1970’s?
- It’s the end of the world as we know it. Again?