I recently watched Towering Inferno… again.
For some reason, I noticed something at the end I hadn’t noticed before. How did the folk in the Promenade Room who survived get back down? The entire disaster takes place in darkness, so the closing scenes at street level are clearly meant to be “later that night”.
Both of the stairwells are blocked by explosions. We know that late on, Steve McQueen relies on a single freight elevator which has been rigged to run off a backup generator to get up to the 65th floor. So how do the folk on the trashed 135th floor get to street level?
I know it would make for a very boring final act to watch people traipse down flights of stairs, but perhaps a throwaway line to explain how they got down would have been useful.