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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 »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Still Seaworthy See more (234 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 | 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?

Trivia:
Petula Clark was under consideration for the role of Nonnie Parry.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the water starts flooding the dining room it sprays onto the light fixture causing them to go off. Seconds later it is spraying onto it again.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Belle Rosen:You see, Mr. Scott? In the water I'm a very skinny lady.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ride the Wild Side (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

FAQ

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52 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Still Seaworthy, 6 June 2001
Author: kevcom from Hawaii

Anyone who has seen as many disaster movies as I have knows that this is absolutely the best one ever made. For a film nearly thirty years old, Poseidon Adventure is still so effective that it would cause anyone planning to take a cruise to think twice. You probably know the plot--luxury liner capsized by a tidal wave. This synopsis is brought to life with suspense, drama, and sometimes, terrifying reality. One of the most effective cinematic touches is that in nearly every scene, the camera is slowly swaying back and forth to give us a sense that we really are at sea. Something "Titanic" completely missed.

We follow the journey of ten survivors through the inverted ship to their hopeful rescue--narrowly escaping fires, explosions, and flooding corridors every step of the way. The sets are epic and nothing less than spectacular. Especially the inverted dining room when the Atlantic Ocean comes crashing in, and the engine room which is now a horrifying twisted metal inferno. The cast is good, however Gene Hackman, Shelly Winters, and Stella Stevens are best. Hackman is our handsome hero, Winters is our unselfish caring mother, and Stevens is absolutely radiant (pre-capsize) and adds a welcome touch of humor to the mess.

No, the movie is not perfect, and it is of course starting to look a bit dated. However the suspense and dazzling effects will keep you glued to your seat and you certainly won't be bored. Poseidon Adventure is a true classic. A must see for everyone--not just disaster movie fans.

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