Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
Starring: Barry Newman, Susan Clark, Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen, Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda, James Franciscus
Shelley Winters’ demise in The Poseidon Adventure was one of the highlights of that movie. While it’s nice to meet her again in another 70’s disaster flick, this time neither her character nor the surrounding movie is quite as compelling.
Taking its cues from the classic Irwin Allen school of disaster movie structure, City on Fire uses the ridiculously interconnected lives of too many characters to tell the story of a nameless city being ravaged by uncontrollable fire.
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Starring: Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Slim Pickens, Peter Boyle, Angela Cartwright
In his review of this film, Roger Ebert tells the story of discussing a possible sequel to The Poseidon Adventure with producer Irwin Allen, several years before the fact. As Ebert tells it, Allen toyed with the idea of taking the survivors from the first movie and putting them on a train, which would then become trapped inside a collapsed tunnel through the Alps. If only they’d gone with that one…