Towering Inferno is a 1974 movie staring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, and Fred Astaire. Newman plays an architect who discovers that his extremely tall building has some faulty wiring that sparks fires. Since the height of the building is a new feat of technology, the fire fighting apparatus hasn't yet caught up and the cast is stuck on the brink of disaster.
This is a fantastic movie about an architect struggling with his new creation. The movie received great acclaim and was awarded 3 Oscars plus many more nominations.
This trailer shows off some of the amazing 1970s era special effects: