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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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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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Combining the talents of fifteen Academy Award Winners See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$93,300,000 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm optical prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

125 stunt people were used during the filming. No one was killed or injured. See more »

Goofs

The pressure inside the ship would have been much greater than the outside pressure. With all the doors open inside the ship, when the torch first cuts through the hull the air would have rushed out and the ship would begin sinking faster. See more »

Quotes

Captain Harrison: [over intercom to radio room] Martin!
Martin, Wireless Operator: Yes, sir!
Captain Harrison: Get off a Mayday!
Martin, Wireless Operator: [puzzled] A Mayday, sir?
Captain Harrison: That's right, I said Mayday. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!
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The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

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Edited into Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played by the band on New Year's Eve and sung by the passengers
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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.


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