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

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Director:
Writers:
Paul Gallico (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 December 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hell, Upside Down See more »
Plot:
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Best Natural Disaster Film See more (231 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Reverend Scott

Ernest Borgnine ... Rogo

Red Buttons ... Martin

Carol Lynley ... Nonnie

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)

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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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)
Peter Peterson .... 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)
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)
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | 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?

Trivia:
Filming was delayed twice because of the cost. Twentieth Century Fox was suffering from losses from several flop musicals, Doctor Dolittle (1967), Star! (1968), and Hello, Dolly! (1969), as spectacles were being trounced by smaller character-driven films, and the studio was certain that a disaster movie would be a risk. Fox finally relented when Irwin Allen promised to raise half of the budget himself. Reportedly, Allen found outside backers by walking across the street from the Fox lot to a country club, where he found some friends playing cards. During the card game, they agreed to back the film. Because the studio never spent any of the backer's money, the backers made a profit from the success of the film without actually spending a dime.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening storm sequence, the point of view forward over the bow from the bridge shows the horizon canting off-level as the ship rolls, which would not have happened in reality. The horizon would remain level. The error occurred during filming with the miniature ship, when the camera was canted left and right above the model to accentuate the rolls of the ship in the storm, when it should have been attached to the model itself. This would have shown the correct perspective of the ship rolling in the storm, with no movement of the horizon ahead. The film's director acknowledged the goof in a chapter about the film in his autobiography.See more »
Quotes:
Mike Rogo:You weren't on the streets that lon! How many guys did you know! Do youn realise how slim even one of those characters is on this boat!
Linda Rogo:You don't have to shout!
Mike Rogo:I said do you realise...
Linda Rogo:I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Swimming with Sharks (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

FAQ

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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The Best Natural Disaster Film, 3 April 2000
Author: AVES-2 from Manchester, NH

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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