15 Movies Where The Entire Cast Was Put Into Danger

15. The Towering Inferno

A reason so many directors prefer CGI fire these days is because, no matter how well you can try and control it, real flames have a tendency to do what they want. That was evident when Irwin Allen put together this all-star disaster movie in which the world’s tallest skyscraper catches on fire. Director John Guillermin decided to shoot the movie in sequence so the actors looked believably haggard and worn out as the ordeal went on. That meant they didn’t have much of a break from the stunts of fires coming through hallways and causing explosions. Controlled or not, fire is very dangerous, and more than once, it came close to breaking out faster than anticipated at actors who weren’t in protective clothing. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen insisted on doing their own stunts to hang from harnesses and other dangers while stuntmen handled the more intense scenes. The big one was the movie’s climax where the top floor ballroom is flooded to douse the fires. The cast truly was tied down and forced to endure thousands of gallons of water blasting around them with paramedics ready to jump in at the slightest sign of real injury. Remarkably, no one was, but still astounding how many major stars were risking themselves for this hit. 14. The Wizard of Oz
15. The Towering Inferno