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Fire (1977)

Fire! (original title)
A convict starts a fire in a forest to cover his escape, but the fire goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.

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Earl Bellamy

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Norman Katkov (story), Norman Katkov (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Sam Brisbane
Vera Miles ... Martha Wagner
Patty Duke ... Dr. Peggy Wilson (as Patty Duke Astin)
Alex Cord ... Dr. Alex Wilson
Donna Mills ... Harriett Malone
Lloyd Nolan ... Doc Bennett
Neville Brand ... Larry Durant
Ty Hardin ... Walt Fleming
Gene Evans ... Dan Harter
Michelle Stacy ... Judy
Patrick Culliton ... Ted Gorman
Erik Estrada ... Frank
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Bill Clay
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A convict starts a fire in a forest to cover his escape, but the fire goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.

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Another burning sensation from the producer of "The Towering Inferno." See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Silverton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Was theatrically released overseas. See more »

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Patty Dukes character, a doctor, acts surprised at when told that a boy who appears to be perfectly healthy once had polio. As a physician she would have been aware that only about 1% of cases of polio result in paralysis. See more »

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Bland Disaster Film
19 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fire (1977)

** (out of 4)

Sam (Ernest Borgnine) really loves Martha (Vera Miles) but she says it's too late as they should have acted on this years earlier. A married couple (Patty Duke, Alex Cord) find themselves falling out of love. A teacher (Donna Mills) must make a devastating decision. Oh yeah, there's a convict who starts a fire to try and make an escape and soon this fire is threatening the entire town. The all-star cast then must jump into action.

Producer Irwin Allen struck gold with THE TOWERING INFERNO so why not take that fire a put it in a different location? FIRE was a made-for-television film that comes as a major disappointment and especially if you're a fan of the genre. As you'd expect, there's a great number of familiar stars on hand here and all of them turn in decent enough performances. Obviously most of the cast were just picking up checks for movies like this but it's still fun seeing all of them here. Not only do we get the stars I mentioned but there's also Erik Estrada, Gene Evans, Neville Brand and Lloyd Nolan.

The biggest problem with FIRE is that there's not a single second that you feel any tension. What I really disliked about this movie is that the "good guys" are constantly put in harm's way but there's no a single moment where you feel as if they are in danger. We get some really ridiculous scenes where it seems like the characters are going to die only to have some cliffhanger-style non-sense happen to where everyone is safe. Whenever you're watching a film like this and you can't feel any tension the entire thing is just pointless.

What's worse is that the 100-minute running time seems to drag on and on. There's really not a very good story here as it's all rather routine and especially the various personal dramas that are thrown in. Even the special effects aren't all that great. Sure, one shouldn't expect the same quality as THE TOWERING INFERNO but what's here just isn't all that memorable.


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