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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  13 December 1972 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$93,300,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming was delayed twice because of the cost. Twentieth Century Fox was suffering from losses from several flop musicals, Doctor Dolittle (1967), Star! (1968), and Hello, Dolly! (1969), as spectacles were being trounced by smaller character-driven films, and the studio was certain that a disaster movie would be a risk. Fox finally relented when Irwin Allen promised to raise half of the budget himself. Reportedly, Allen found outside backers by walking across the street from the Fox lot to a country club, where he found some friends playing cards. During the card game, they agreed to back the film. Because the studio never spent any of the backer's money, the backers made a profit from the success of the film without actually spending a dime. See more »


Just after the capsizing scene in the dining room, many passengers are seen clinging to the dining tables, which were bolted to the floor (now overhead). Many chairs had fallen, but several are still attached to the floor by ropes which were used to hold the chairs in place during rough weather. See more »


Mike Rogo: Ya had a lotta guts, lady... a lotta guts.
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Crazy Credits

The song "The Morning After" is credited on screen as "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" See more »


Referenced in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) See more »


The Song From The Poseidon Adventure
Words and Music by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Orchestration Alexander Courage
Performed by Carol Lynley (uncredited) (dubbed by Renée Armand (uncredited))
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Twice as good, half as long
3 April 1999 | by (Tallahassee, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you have three and a half hours to kill, do NOT watch Titanic. Take the three and a half hours and watch the Poseidon Adventure twice. Okay, it's campy and it's the consummate 70s disaster flick, complete with ensemble cast.

But when you put them up against each other, Poseidon Adventure is just leagues better than Titanic. Titanic is over three hours, and centers around two characters. In that time, the two characters are hardly developed at all, they're terribly one dimensional and probably could be summed up in about a sentence each.

Compare this to Poseidon Adventure. Stars off with a dozen main characters, and in half as much time, they all have their own personalities, quirks, and are real identifiable people. And far from the Titanic tendency of stamping "I'm gonna die" on people's foreheads, in the Poseidon Adventure you don't know initially who's going to die- or at least not how or when anyway.

The Poseidon Adventure is just a more interesting movie. It may not be as glossy or as pretty, but it's got it where it counts... it's just a better film.

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