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Encyclopedia > City on Fire (1979 film)
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City on Fire is a 1979 disaster movie directed by Alvin Rakoff and featuring an "all-star cast" as was accustomed for the time. The film's plot revolves around a disgruntled civil servant who sets fire to an oil refinery, setting off a blaze which engulfs an entire city. Various people try to either fight or flee the fire as it spreads throughout the city. Some elements of the disaster depicted reflect the infamous Texas City Disaster of 1947. // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... A disaster movie is a movie that has an impending or ongoing disaster (e. ... All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... The Texas City Disaster of April 16, 1947, started with the mid-morning fire and detonation of approximately 17,000,000 pounds (7,700 tonnes) of ammonium nitrate on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp in the port at Texas City, Texas. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


The film was partially financed by the government agency Telefilm Canada and filmed on a relatively confined budget. Some of the fire sequences utilized stock footage from both existing movies and news footage. City on Fire was ultimately a failed venture for the company and had a limited run at the American box office. The film was resurrected from obscurity by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1989, and has since been known as an example of campy disaster B-movies. Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated primarily to the development and promotion of the Canadian film, television, and new media industries. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... Movie theater view, featuring the short film Hired!. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999), usually abbreviated MST3K, is a cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson featuring a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch particularly bad movies. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ...


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Barry Newman (born November 7, 1938) is an American actor best known for the character Anthony Petrocelli on the TV crime-drama Petrocelli, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. ... Susan Clark (born March 8, 1940 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a Canadian actor, best known as Katherine Papadapolis in the TV sitcom Webster. ... Winters in Cry of the City (1948) Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an Academy Award winning American actress. ... Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has portrayed the character of Frank Drebin in three feature films and a television series. ... James Franciscus (January 31st 1934-July 8th 1991) was a familar leading and supporting actor in films and television throughout the 1960s and 1970s. ... Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ... Jonathan Welsh (1947–January 27, 2005) was a veteran Canadian actor of stage, television and film, best known for his principal roles in Canadian television series, notably the 1986-1989 adventure comedy Adderly and the 1989-1994 journalism drama E.N.G. On E.N.G., Welsh portrayed Eric Mac... James Mavor Moore, C.C., B.A., D.Litt. ...

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