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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>

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence where Nonnie (Carol Lynley) rehearses "The Morning After" with her band mates was the first scene to be filmed. Originally Waddy Wachtel (the guitarist) was to be cast as her brother Teddy, but as Wachtel had brown eyes and Lynley was blue-eyed, drummer Stuart Perry was cast as Nonnie's brother. See more »

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When Reverend Scott is swimming to the engine room before he gets trapped, he swims up to the next deck, you can see the legs and fins of a crew member visible on that deck See more »

Quotes

James Martin: What'll I tell the others?
Mike Rogo: Tell 'em to break out their hymnals and start singing "Nearer My God To Thee" !
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Destination Truth: Ri/Iguanodon (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
Played by the band on New Year's Eve
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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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