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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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

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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>

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Action | Adventure

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence where Nonnie (Carol Lynley) rehearses "The Morning After" with her band mates was the first scene to be filmed. Originally Waddy Wachtel (the guitarist) was to be cast as her brother Teddy, but as Wachtel had brown eyes and Lynley was blue-eyed, drummer Stuart Perry was cast as Nonnie's brother. See more »

Goofs

When the water starts flooding the dining room it sprays onto the light fixture causing them to go off. Seconds later it is spraying onto it again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Belle Rosen: You see, Mr. Scott? In the water I'm a very skinny lady.
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The song "The Morning After" is credited on screen as "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played by the band on New Year's Eve
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Still Seaworthy
6 June 2001 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has seen as many disaster movies as I have knows that this is absolutely the best one ever made. For a film nearly thirty years old, Poseidon Adventure is still so effective that it would cause anyone planning to take a cruise to think twice. You probably know the plot--luxury liner capsized by a tidal wave. This synopsis is brought to life with suspense, drama, and sometimes, terrifying reality. One of the most effective cinematic touches is that in nearly every scene, the camera is slowly swaying back and forth to give us a sense that we really are at sea. Something "Titanic" completely missed.

We follow the journey of ten survivors through the inverted ship to their hopeful rescue--narrowly escaping fires, explosions, and flooding corridors every step of the way. The sets are epic and nothing less than spectacular. Especially the inverted dining room when the Atlantic Ocean comes crashing in, and the engine room which is now a horrifying twisted metal inferno. The cast is good, however Gene Hackman, Shelly Winters, and Stella Stevens are best. Hackman is our handsome hero, Winters is our unselfish caring mother, and Stevens is absolutely radiant (pre-capsize) and adds a welcome touch of humor to the mess.

No, the movie is not perfect, and it is of course starting to look a bit dated. However the suspense and dazzling effects will keep you glued to your seat and you certainly won't be bored. Poseidon Adventure is a true classic. A must see for everyone--not just disaster movie fans.


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