MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 132 this week

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 29,552 users  
Reviews: 238 user | 69 critic

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 08 Nov 2010
 
a list of 45 titles
created 14 Jan 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Poseidon Adventure.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Poseidon Adventure (TV Movie 2005)
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.

Director: John Putch
Stars: Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer, Steve Guttenberg
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.

Director: Irwin Allen
Stars: Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas
Poseidon (2006)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner, Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden
Earthquake (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy
Airport (1970)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres
Airport 1975 (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a big ocean liner's cargo of fertilizer catches fire, it causes an explosion and pretty soon, the whole ship is ablaze. A helpful newlywed passing by in a canoe and a stowaway help try to fight the fire.

Director: Mircea Dragan
Stars: Radu Beligan, Gheorghe Dinica, Toma Caragiu
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dell kills her beautiful sister in a blind rage when she marries her ex-boyfriend, and finds the husband's little daughter may have witness it, and then plans to kill her too.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A doctor tests his theory that blood diseases can be cured by atomic radiation by using prison inmates as experiments.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: John Howard, Joan Dixon, Walter Kingsford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Martin
...
Nonnie
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Fred Sadoff ...
...
Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan ...
Doctor
Byron Webster ...
Edit

Storyline

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Who will survive-in one of the greatest escape adventures ever! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$93,300,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Petula Clark was under consideration for the role of Nonnie Parry. See more »

Goofs

As Terry falls to his death in the encased light fixture, party guests are visible standing perfectly fine on the "ceiling"; in the next shot, all of the guests are sprawled about the "ceiling" in different stages of injury and death. See more »

Quotes

Terry: Susan, would you like to dance?
[Susan is staring at Reverend Scott, enraptured]
Robin Shelby: [nudging Susan] Sis!
[Susan turns around and smiles at Terry]
Terry: I was just asking... if you'd like to dance.
Susan Shelby: Yes, I'd like to.
[Susan takes her party hat off and goes to dance with Terry]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

Connections

Featured in Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song From The Poseidon Adventure
(1972)
Words and Music by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Orchestration Alexander Courage
Performed by Carol Lynley (uncredited) (dubbed by Renée Armand (uncredited))
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The Best Natural Disaster Film
3 April 2000 | by (Manchester, NH) – See all my reviews

The Poseidon Adventure is one of those movies I have seen at least once a year as long as I have been alive. I lived in Maine when I was a kid and we loved our natural disaster flicks. Of all the great disaster movies from the 70s, this has got to be the best one. Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelly Winters, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Neilson, and the list goes on.

The basic plot goes like this. The Poseidon is a cruise ship out for its last voyage and it is New Year's Eve. The guests are all celebrating while deep beneath the ocean's surface an earthquake is happening. The earthquake sets off a huge tsunami and the ship is knocked upside down. In order to be saved, a small group of people heads for the engine room at the bottom (make that top, since the ship is upside down) of the ship. At first, the ocean claims hundreds of the passengers until they are whittled down to about 10 people left. From here there are plenty of tense moments and a power struggle for control of the survivors. Typical disaster movie fare but done rather well.

This movie is a great main event for a disaster film weekend.


30 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I know it's just a convenient plot device, but caladon
Favorite julietg007
Red Buttons Good, Gene Wilder Better MercurialAquarian
One thing missing from the end of this film tomboevans
'Shove it! Shove it! Shove it!' Simon-120
No One Should Be Down on Nonnie mrslinarcos
Discuss The Poseidon Adventure (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?