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* StockFootageFailure: The film uses some news footage of fire trucks and other rescue operations. As a result, some of the vehicles are obviously British and not American.
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'''''City on Fire''''' is a 1979 DisasterMovie starring, among many, Barry Newman, Creator/AvaGardner and a [[LeslieNielsenSyndrome pre-syndrome]] Creator/LeslieNielsen.

In an unnamed Midwestern city, Herman Stover, an oil refinery worker finds out that he isn't getting the promotion that he's had his eyes on. After being laid off instead, he takes out his frustration on the city by sabotaging his workplace. Add the city's hilariously poor zoning that has placed the oil refinery right in the middle of the city, courtesy of the mayor's questionable dealings, and the result is a perfect storm that soon has the whole city in flames. Among the buildings hit by the fire is a not-quite up to code hopsital that employs the affable Dr. Whitman and a take-no-shit nurse, Andrea Harper. Did we mention that Stover had been [[StalkerWithACrush obsessed]] with Dr. Whitman's fiancée?

Not to be confused with the 1987 Hong Kong action movie of the same name.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode where they riffed the movie, see [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S0EK16CityOnFire here]].

!Tropes
* TheAlcoholic: Maggie Grayson , who has trouble staying sober even during the disaster.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AssholeVictim: Terry James, the photographer who was stalking Andrea, is burned in a fire and then hit by a car because he was trying to get the photos he had taken, making it pretty hard to feel sorry for him.
* TheBigBoard: The fire department has one to map the spread of the fire.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Takes place in an unnamed city in the American Midwest, but was shot in Montreal. As a result, some French language signs can be seen in the city.
* CassandraTruth: Before the big fire starts, Dr. Whitman chews the Mayor out for allowing the refinery to be built in the middle of the city and not ensuring that the buildings around it were built to code.
* DamageControl: The fire department spend most of the fire trying to keep it from hitting the hospital. [[spoiler:The fire does hit the building, though the firemen manage to stall it a bit]].
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: [[spoiler:Most characters are killed in the fire]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: During one of the explosions, some refinery workers die in a fall.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Herman sabotages the refinery because he was passed up for a promotion and was fired when he wouldn't accept a transfer elsewhere.
* {{Paparazzi}}: A photographer has been stalking Diana to get some incriminating pictures.
* PassedOverPromotion: Herman. And boy, [[{{Understatement}} does he not take it well]]...
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Early in the film, a group of children are smoking cigarettes together and accidentally start a smaller fire by dropping a lit one into a trash can.
* SkewedPriorities: During the disaster, the TV producer, Jimbo, keeps being impressed by the good shots of the fire they're getting.
* SleazyPolitician: Mayor Dudley, whose private favors and shady dealings have resulted in the refinery being built in the middle of the city.
* StalkerWithACrush: Herman has been following Diana, having had an obsession with her since they were in high school together.
* StockFootageFailure: The film uses some news footage of fire trucks and other rescue operations. As a result, some of the vehicles are obviously British and not American.
* StuffBlowingUp: Cars, pipelines, buildings, you name it.
* ToiletHumour: In the midst of a massive, life-threatening fire, the film takes the time to include a scene of an old guy in a wheelchair being helped to a bedpan so he can use it outside the hospital.
* VillainousFriendship: The Mayor and his aide, Johnny, may be two shady guys, but [[spoiler:the Mayor is pretty upset when Johnny dies of a heart attack]].
* WealthyPhilanthropist: Andrea, Dr. Whitman's fiancée.
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