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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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At midnight on New Year's Eve the S.S.Poseidon was struck by a 90 foot tidal wave and capsized See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the cable telegram is delivered to the Shelby stateroom, Robin jumps off the bed, inadvertently capsizing his plastic model of the S.S. Poseidon. See more »

Goofs

When the man falls into the light fixture towards the end of the capsizing scene, the airbag can be seen rippling from the impact as he hits. See more »

Quotes

Mike Rogo: Wait a minute! This is no goddamn engine room!
Linda Rogo: Then where the Hell are we?
Reverend Frank Scott: There was a corridor leading to the engine room.
Mr. Manny Rosen: But now it's underwater.
Reverend Frank Scott: All right. We'll swim through it. Give me the rope.
Linda Rogo: You've gotta be kidding!
Mike Rogo: She's right. If the corridor's underwater what about the engine room?
Reverend Frank Scott: It's in the clear. It's one deck up. It's above us. We'll swim through the bulkhead, down a short corridor and up a companionway. It can't be more than thirty five feet at the most.
Linda Rogo: Oh, is that all!
Reverend Frank Scott: We ...
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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

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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Excellent disaster epic
28 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Despite some questions about the plausability of the physics behind the disaster, I greatly enjoyed this film thanks mostly to the fine ensemble cast headed by the great Gene Hackman. I actually bought into the illusion that this diverse group of people was living this unreal harrowing experience. I remember my theater instructor said this film makes a statement about which people deserve to survive and thereby reproduce. Without being politically incorrect here, he said to analyze the different criteria we use to classify people and see which of these criteria can be applied to the survivors. Even without any social analysis, this is a fine disaster film, 8/10.


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