Movie: The Towering Inferno [1974] Movie: The Towering Inferno [1974]

Movie: The Towering Inferno [1974] Movie: The Towering Inferno [1974]

[about the fire spreading up the building]



Mayor Ramsey:
How much time do we have?



James Duncan:
Bob, I wish I knew.



Mayor Ramsey:
Goddamnit Jimmy, you built the place!



James Duncan:
I just don't think all of us are going to make it.

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Doug Roberts:
How do you plan to get the explosives up there?



Chief O'Hallorhan:
Oh, They'll find some dumb son of a bitch to bring them up there.

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Harry Jernigan:
[on the phone] Dammit, you should've sent a man up there. How do you expect her to hear the phone, she's deaf! Sure the kids can hear... I don't know, they were probably in the shower when you called.

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James Duncan:
What I wanted to tell us is that Senator Parker is flying in for the dedication tonight. And he's almost guaranteed to sign the Urban Renewal Contract. Now do you know what that means? Skyscrapers like this all over the country! You design 'em, I'll build 'em.



Doug Roberts:
Don't you think you're suffering from an edifice complex?



James Duncan:
You'll never leave.



Doug Roberts:
Right after the party - come on downstairs and watch me burn my black tie.

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[Chief O'Hallorhan has just found out the fire is heading towards the elevator shaft]



Chief O'Hallorhan:
Roberts, better call Duncan and tell him to STOP those people in the tower from using that express elevator - or sombeody's going to get killed!


[Roberts picks up the phone to comply]



Chief O'Hallorhan:
[addressing a colleague] OK, Kappy - ring in a third alarm. I want some rescue squads here and I also want choppers. We're going to need them to get those people off the roof.



Doug Roberts:
[on the phone to Duncan as injured firemen are brought into the office to get medical help] The fire's moving towards the main shaft. Use the scenic elevator - don't overload.



James Duncan:
OK, Doug.


[Duncan hangs up the phone and turns to do so but is confronted by Roger Simmons]



Roger Simmons:
I don't like the way you talked to me.



James Duncan:
Are you drunk?



Roger Simmons:
Not yet.



James Duncan:
Well then, get out of my way!



Roger Simmons:
You didn't talk like this 2 years ago, did you - running over budget and out of money? Did you ask me then how I could shave two million from our electrical costs?



James Duncan:
[making his way to the elevators] Shut up and help me with these people!



Roger Simmons:
And let me ask you something else, my dear father-in-law! Am I the only subcontractor you encouraged to cut corners?



James Duncan:
[addressing people in the crowd] Excuse me.



Roger Simmons:
Where did you save the other $4-million in Doug's original budget?


[Duncan reaches the front of the crowd & pushes past Simmons]



James Duncan:
[addressing the crowd at the elevators] Ladies & Gentlemen, I'm sorry. You'll have to move back into the promenade room, and we'll be taking you down by the scenic elevator. Now these express elevators can be activated by fire, and with the probability of short circuits, the cars might stop on the floor where the fire is. So please, we'll use the scenic elevator. It's over here.


[Suddenly an elevator door opens behind Duncan, and several people surge past him into it. Duncan tries to stop them but is unable to, and the door closes behind him and the elevator starts down. Duncan hits the button to try to stop the elevator but it does not return]

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