The Towering Inferno

Trivia: Both Paul Newman and Steve McQueen did most of their own stunts in this film.

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Trivia: Stars Paul Newman and Steve McQueen apparently argued intensely over who should get top billing. In the end the producers settled for a compromise: reading the film poster (which is reproduced as the DVD cover) top to bottom, Paul Newman is first, i.e. higher, or "top" billing. But reading left to right, Steve McQueen is first. The same applies to their photographs either side of the main artwork, McQueen on the left but Newman (marginally) higher up. Ironically, this billing format was an issue when McQueen was considered for a role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

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Trivia: At Steve McQueen's request, both he and Paul Newman had the same number of lines.

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Trivia: Fred Astaire was not acting during the climactic scene where the water tanks explode in an attempt to extinguish the flames. His terrified reactions were real.

Continuity mistake: During the scenic elevator rescue scenes, the building has moved across the downtown core and is now located next to the Transamerica Pyramid, which is many city blocks to the west.

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Question: Where does Fred Astaire get his briefcase from, as he did not walk in with it? He walked in only carrying his suit and a bunch of flowers.

Answer: This is most likely a continuity error. The briefcase was accidentally left out of the arrival scene.

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