A very entertaining entry in the disaster film category, it follows the attempts by firemen (lead by Steve McQueen) to save hundreds of people, trapped in a burning skyrise. That's it. The acting is no great shakes (as if it's supposed to be in films like this), but the action and technical achievements are outstanding. The climax is a must-see. Still, if it wasn't for overlong (nearly three hours) and a tendency to overindulge in scenes of people burning up, it could almost be a surefire winner.