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


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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$93,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Shelley Winters gained 35 pounds for the part of Belle Rosen. Afterward she complained that she was never able to get back to her original weight no matter how hard she tried. See more »

Goofs

The ship capsizes right at midnight. The combination of the length of the emergency lighting staying on, the rate of sinking and the story being acted out in "real time" makes it impossible for it to be daytime when they are rescued. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Manny Rosen: Something must have happened to them. I tell you. Belle would have signalled!
Mike Rogo: Okay. That does it. I'm going through to find out what's happened.
Linda Rogo: Oh no you're not! You'll drown too!
Mr. Manny Rosen: Let me go, Mr Rogo. It's my wife!
Linda Rogo: Let him go, Mike!
Mike Rogo: I'm going through. All of you stay put till I get back.
Linda Rogo: Mike, please!
Mike Rogo: Take it easy, baby. I'll be back.
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Crazy Credits

There is no 20th Century Fox logo animation displayed, beginning or end. An in-credit text-only notice for that company replaced the usual logo animation. See more »


Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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after seeing this,you might think twice about going on a cruise
5 June 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

for a disaster flick,this is one of the better ones.for 1972,it is well made and has some good effects.it's pretty convincing also thought the movie was compelling and touching,and sad,all at the same time.since we get to know the characters a bit,you can't help but feel for them in their(what seems hopeless)situation.i did think there were a few stereotypical characters,which was annoying,but the acting was decent enough.plus,the fact that the survivors had to go through what amounted to a labyrinthine maze as they tried to get out,really added to the feeling of hopelessness of the situation.i was also surprised at who ultimately survived and who didn't.for a nearly 2 hour movie,this one moves along pretty good.i was engrossed throughout.for me,The Poseidon adventure is a strong 8/10


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