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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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


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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,563,118
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lyrics for the theme song were written in a single day. See more »

Goofs

Surely the wheel Reverend Scott is hanging on near the end would be too hot for him to hold. What's more, with all the sweat, he couldn't have hung on for that long, let alone turn it successfully. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Frank Scott: I said don't look down!
Linda Rogo: Okay, okay.
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The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside 'The Swarm' (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
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 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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