City on Fire (1979) - Action, Drama

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A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.

IMDB: 3.9
Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Clark
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 7 out of 26 found boring (26.92%)

One-line Reviews (17)

The actors is perhaps as so good as in "Towering Inferno", but the movie have some real exciting scenes to show, and it's not exactly low-budget scenes.

Trapped inside a hospital in the middle of the blaze are dull doctor Barry Newman (whose once smokin' hot career promptly ran out of gas following his sterling portrayal of Kowalski in the car chase cult classic "Vanishing Point"), haggard-looking nurse Shelley Winters (who suffered a heart attack during "The Poseidon Adventure" and meets a similar abrupt fate here), and corner-cutting mayor Leslie Nielsen (who also got killed during "The Poseidon Adventure;" who was the casting director on this flick?

What it all comes down to is this: if you liked THE SWARM and even WHEN TIME RAN OUT get ready for two entertaining hours in the company of Barry Newman, Susan Clark, Shelley Winters, Henry Fonda and Leslie "pre-comedy" Nielsen!

Not the lemon it's often branded, "City on Fire" is an entertaining Canadian disaster movie with a capable cast, some good sets and special effects, and better than average dialogue.

The reason why is because, they introduced everyone which was slow.

Never mind all the harsh and downright negative reviews around here, and the fact that "City on Fire" got parodied in MST3K, because this is one helluva entertaining motion picture!

9/10 (reason slow in the beginning and you can see the shadow of the camera)

It features a stellar cast that includes Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda, Barry Newman and Leslie Neilsen, but most of them seem bored by the material and just hover around in front of the fire, spouting bad dialogue and wondering aloud how much worse it will get and how many more victims it will claim.

Forget that Ed Wood has ever made the worst movie in history....

Ok, the only bad things about it, is that it is slow in the beginning.

The result: a boring, too slow and predictable movie, with low-rated special effects and the worst cinematography ever for a movie.

The acting was dull, and most of the once-were stars seem at best indifferent.

One of the worst movies out there.

The '70s ambiance is just right and the film has a relatively brief running time which means the action is short and snappy.

An absolutely predictable film with an ending like any other film.

Unbearable !

Having just watched CITY ON FIRE, I found it a thoroughly absorbing movie and certainly nowhere near as bad as some claim.