PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
The First Interstate Tower in downtown Los Angeles was completed the same year this film was released (1974). Fourteen years later, in May of 1988, the FI Tower experienced a real fire that burned out 4-1/2 floors, ruined many floors above with smoke and below with water, and closed the building for almost five months. The fire happened late at night, when only a few dozen people were in the building, and no crowds, traffic or other demands on water hampered firefighters. Only one death occurred, when someone used an override key to force an elevator to the floor where the fire had started, and perished--such as was shown happening to elevator riders in the film. The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner ran side-by-side photos of the actual fire and the fire from this film on its front page the following day. The story of the real fire was told in the TV film Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991).
You know, there's a saying that goes "No matter how hot it gets up there during the day...
James Duncan, Doug Roberts: There isn't a damn thing you can do at night."
James Duncan: That's right. Now what the hell are you going to do at night in the middle of nowhere?
Doug Roberts: Sleep like a winner.
Doug is told over the phone by the fire chief to tell the firemen to break a window, Doug hangs up and at no time tells the firemen anything yet within a few seconds senator Parker announces to everyone that the firemen are going to break a window, how did he know since the only one there who did know was Doug, even the firemen did not know because Doug hadn't told them.
The 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures logos don't appear in the beginning.
The TV network version has about 20 or so minutes of footage added for prime time viewing. The some of the extra scenes include:
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