History Film / TheToweringInferno

19th Mar '18 7:32:13 PM cdrood
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** Simmons and the other men who try to overcrowd the breeches buoy mere seconds after being told the fire department had a plan to put out the fire. Had they waited, they probably would have lived.
16th Mar '18 8:49:31 PM randomguy399
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* AnyoneCanDie: Major characters can easily plummet to their deaths or get burned to a crisp.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Major characters can easily plummet to their deaths or get burned to a crisp. [[spoiler:Of the actors on the poster, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, Robert Vaughn and Robert Wagner all die.]]
4th Mar '18 3:03:53 PM MikeW
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* GotVolunteered: O'Halloran is basically put in this spot, told he's one of only two people in the department who has the training to plant explosives on the water tanks and the other guy just got taken to the hospital. Lampshaded when he calls Bigelow.
-->'''Bigelow''': Well, how are they getting the explosives up here?
-->'''O'Halloran''': Oh, they'll find some dumb son of a bitch to do it.
6th Jan '18 9:22:06 PM DavidDelony
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: While the film was based on two novels, the events are also very similar to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joelma_fire Joelma fire]] in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier in 1974. As in the film, it was a fire in a skyscraper caused by an electrical fault. As in the film, the interior was furnished with substandard materials and no fire suppression equipment.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: While the film was based on two novels, the events are also very similar to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joelma_fire Joelma fire]] in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier in 1974. As in the film, it was a fire in a skyscraper caused by an electrical fault. As in the film, fault, with the interior was furnished with substandard materials and no fire suppression equipment.
26th Aug '17 7:26:46 PM southpaw2977
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* TakeCareOfTheKids: An explosion knocks the scenic elevator off its track. Lisolette is holding Angela and shoves her into someone else's arms before the older woman falls from the glass elevator to her death.

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* TakeCareOfTheKids: An explosion knocks the scenic elevator off its track. Lisolette [[spoiler:Lisolette is holding Angela and shoves her into someone else's arms before the older woman falls from the glass elevator to her death. death.]]
26th Aug '17 7:24:52 PM southpaw2977
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* LaserGuidedKarma

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* LaserGuidedKarmaLaserGuidedKarma: Simmons, ''full-on''.
26th Aug '17 7:22:27 PM southpaw2977
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* StuffBlowingUp

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* StuffBlowingUpStuffBlowingUp: Once the fire starts, it's nearly non-stop for the rest of the film, with some well-timed blasts coming out of ''nowhere''. Some quite spectacularly...and a few with devastating results.
26th Aug '17 7:10:25 PM southpaw2977
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* PrecisionFStrike: "Oh, shit!," said by Chief O'Hallorhan when he realizes the top SFFD brass have no way to get him down from the top of the building after he sets the bombs to blow up the water tanks there to extinguish the fire.

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* PrecisionFStrike: "Oh, shit!," said by Chief O'Hallorhan when he realizes the top SFFD brass have no way to get him down from the top of the building after he sets [[spoiler:sets the bombs to blow up the water tanks there to extinguish the fire.]]
26th Aug '17 7:07:29 PM southpaw2977
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* ManOnFire: In a gigantic skyscraper on fire? Loads and loads.

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* ManOnFire: In a gigantic skyscraper on fire? Loads and loads. Along with women.
26th Aug '17 7:04:05 PM southpaw2977
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* HopeSpot: Sending the scenic elevator down via gravity brake.

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* HopeSpot: Sending the scenic elevator down via gravity brake. [[GoneHorriblyWrong Until...]]
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