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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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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

The boots and pendant that Carol Lynley wears in the film actually came from her own private collection. See more »

Goofs

Reverend Scott makes no effort to resuscitate Belle after she dies from her heart attack. While it's possible she was beyond saving, the fact remains that Scott never tried CPR or anything else that may have saved her. (NOTE: As CPR training of the general public had just started on any large scale during the same year as this film was released, it is probable that the character of Reverend Scott would not have had even a rudimentary understanding of the process of CPR, particularly because the world's first mass citizen training in CPR took place in Seattle, Washington in 1972, and the setting for this movie was in the North Atlantic as the ship was traveling from New York to Athens, Greece, so most of the characters would most likely not have come from the Seattle area in the first place.) See more »

Quotes

Robin Shelby: I'm sorry Mrs. Rosen, I didn't mean it to sound like that.
Mrs. Belle Rosen: What, I miss something?
Robin Shelby: When I said I helped my dad pull in a 600 pound swordfish. I didn't mean that I thought you weighed that much.
Mrs. Belle Rosen: All that's going on and THAT'S what you're worried about?
Robin Shelby: Sure, what else?
Mrs. Belle Rosen: You're a good boy.
Robin Shelby: Tell my sister.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.219 (2006) 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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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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