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The Poseidon Adventure -- A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
The Poseidon Adventure -- A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.


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Release Date:
13 December 1972 (USA) See more »
Hell, Upside Down See more »
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Reverend Scott

Ernest Borgnine ... Rogo

Red Buttons ... Martin

Carol Lynley ... Nonnie Perry

Roddy McDowall ... Acres

Stella Stevens ... Linda Rogo

Shelley Winters ... Belle Rosen

Jack Albertson ... Manny Rosen

Pamela Sue Martin ... Susan

Arthur O'Connell ... Chaplain

Eric Shea ... Robin
Fred Sadoff ... Linarcos

Sheila Allen ... Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan ... Doctor
Byron Webster ... Purser
John Crawford ... Chief Engineer

Bob Hastings ... M. C.

Erik L. Nelson ... Mr. Tinkham (as Erik Nelson)

Leslie Nielsen ... The Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Adams ... Cable Steward (uncredited)
Craig Barley ... Extra (uncredited)
Todd Bartlett ... Extra (uncredited)
Charles Bateman ... First Officer Larsen (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Man (uncredited)
Craig Chudy ... Helmsman (uncredited)
Ronn Cragg ... Radarman (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Dinning Room Steward (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Man (uncredited)
Connie Ducharme ... Woman (uncredited)
Jim Galante ... Assistant Engineer (uncredited)
Bob Golden ... Wiper (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey ... Falling Man (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Dancing party guest (uncredited)

Larry Holt ... Falling Man (uncredited)
Chris Howell ... Man (uncredited)
Kathryn Janssen ... Woman Seated Next to Purser (uncredited)
Marco López ... Passenger (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... French Naval Officer (uncredited)

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Terry - Susan's Date (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... Kyrenos (uncredited)
Stuart Perry ... Teddy Parry (uncredited)
Frieda Rentie ... Indian Woman (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Injured Party Guest (uncredited)
Lance Rimmer ... Extra (uncredited)
Elizabeth Rogers ... Woman Next to Mr. Tinkham (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Bos'n Mate (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Martin - Wireless Operator (uncredited)
Mark Tulin ... Bass Guitarist as Ship Sinks (uncredited)
Waddy Wachtel ... Crump - Guitarist #1 (uncredited)
Roseann Williams ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
Irwin Allen (co-director: action sequences) (uncredited)
Writing credits
Paul Gallico (novel)

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Sidney Marshall .... associate producer
Steve Broidy .... executive producer (uncredited)
Sherrill C. Corwin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
Production Design by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist
Sheral Ross .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Hal Herman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman A. Cook .... assistant director (as Norman Cook)
Les Warner .... second assistant director
Donald White .... second assistant director (as Don White)
Art Department
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
Dan Goozee .... production illustrator
Bob McLaughlin .... property master
Ward Preston .... assistant art director
Jerry Kobold .... assistant prop man (uncredited)
Charles Stevens .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Richard A. Villalobos .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John A. Bonner .... sound supervisor (as John Bonner)
Herman Lewis .... production mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Orrick Barrett .... boom man (uncredited)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... mechanical effects
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
Preston Peterson .... stunts (as Peter Peterson uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Bower .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig Chudy .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Pepper Curtis .... stunt double (uncredited)
Pepper Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Dale .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Donovan .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug O'Dell .... stunt double (uncredited)
Doug O'Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Prohaska .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Rodell Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
June lorna Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Worrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Morris .... camera operator (as Tommy Morris)
Lou Pazelli .... key grip
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer
Henry Gerzen .... key grip (uncredited)
Bob Henderson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Kerschner .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joe Valdez .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wally Harton .... costumes: men (uncredited)
Dick James .... costumes: men (uncredited)
Barbara Westerland .... costumes: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William DeNicholas .... assistant film editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Music Department
Vinton Vernon .... scoring mixer
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor
John Campbell .... unit publicist
Al Gail .... assistant to producer
Art Volpert .... production coordinator
Steven Marlo .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Art Volpert .... production controller (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD additional material etc) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2002) | USA:PG (PCA #23341) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The famous interior "capsize" scene was done in two parts. The first part had the hydraulically controlled set tilted to its maximum 45 degrees. The cameras were then stopped and the set was redressed so that the floor (deck) became the ceiling (overhead) and vice-versa. The actors were then returned to the set and the set was again tilted to complete the sequence.See more »
Factual errors: In the last scenes as they are exiting the ship and getting on the helicopter they walk over a clean hull. After being in service the keel would not be as clean as shown and easy to walk on.See more »
Robin Shelby:Why don't you shove it.
Susan Shelby:Don't you ever say that to me again.
Robin Shelby:Shove it. Shove it. Shove it.
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How does the movie end?
Did Reverend Scott commit suicide?
Who is Poseidon?
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45 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Hell, Upside Down, 16 November 2003
Author: psistan from Australia

The aging liner Poseidon, on her final journey, is struck by a tidal wave that knocks her upside down. A small group of passengers realise that if they want to survive they must journey up into the bowels of the ship hoping for rescue from above.

The idea is well conceived and the excellent cast turn in good performances despite getting little help from the somewhat corny script. With above average special effects for the time and excellent sets that convincingly realise the upside down half-flooded ship and its bewildering maze of passageways, the movie manages to be compelling and exciting viewing.

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