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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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13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,563,118
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Trivia

While waiting for Reverend Scott, Mr. Rogo jokes that the others should break out their hymnals and sing "Nearer, My God, to Thee." That song was sung by the crew and passengers of the SS Valencia as it sank and was allegedly the final song the band of the RMS Titanic played as it went down. See more »

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When Martin is placing all his pills out before New Years, there is no green pill, but when Mrs. Rosen asks him about it, it's there. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Manny Rosen: She has this illusion, always thinks she's too fat.
Mrs. Belle Rosen: Remember Manny, if I get stuck, push.
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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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Not a dull moment in this timeless adventure.
15 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

It is hard to believe this movie was made over 30 years ago. Don't let the fact that it was made in 1972 influence your decision to see it. It is as exciting today as it was then. I never miss a chance to see it, as I pick up new details each time. The scene when the cruise ship turns over is especially awesome. The actors are well cast. There is just a sprinkling of comedy to take the edge off the drama. Gene Hackman plays his part well. I have never been disappointed by this actor. The main characters compliment each other well. They are all familiar faces, but they become the people they are playing. Hollywood has not remade this movie because they can't improve on it.


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