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The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Mrs. Rogo's screams during the first explosion
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Continuity 

The ship capsizes right at midnight. The combination of the length of the emergency lighting staying on, the rate of sinking and the story being acted out in "real time" makes it impossible for it to be daytime when they are rescued.
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Linda Rogo had to change into her husband's shirt because she didn't wear a bra and couldn't climb in her gown. However, when she is in the smokestack about to climb the ladder, a bra strap is visible. In the dvd commentary Stella Stevens acknowledged that she saw this error in the rushes and pleaded to have it removed but to no avail.
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When Susan jumps from a table attached to the ceiling, she isn't wearing shoes. When she lands in the table cloth, she's clearly wearing shoes.
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When Belle tries to talk Reverend Scott out of swimming, you can see her medal is above her waist, but in close-ups the chain is shorter and above her chest.
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As Terry falls to his death in the encased light fixture, party guests are visible standing perfectly fine on the "ceiling"; in the next shot, all of the guests are sprawled about the "ceiling" in different stages of injury and death.
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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.
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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.
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When Belle decides to go underwater and save everyone's life, the camera cuts to a closeup of her. She is fingering the swimming medal around her neck. But the surrounding shots have her hands clasped in front of her.
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A singer sings "Morning After", a slow song, while dancers are dancing quickly.
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When Reverend Scott rescues Robin from the restroom, the ship rumbles and they are both doused with water. Seconds later, they are both shown with dry hair which they re-wet.
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Crew or equipment visible 

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
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When the man falls into the light fixture towards the end of the capsizing scene, the airbag can be seen rippling from the impact as he hits.
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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.
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The pressure inside the ship would have been much greater than the outside pressure. With all the doors open inside the ship, when the torch first cuts through the hull the air would have rushed out and the ship would begin sinking faster.
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As the wave bears down the ship the captain shouts,"Turn left!" A 'real' captain would have use the term 'port' not 'left.'
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Just after the capsizing scene in the dining room, many passengers are seen clinging to the dining tables, which were bolted to the floor (now overhead). Many chairs had fallen, but several are still attached to the floor by ropes which were used to hold the chairs in place during rough weather.
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Plot holes 

Reverend Scott makes no effort to resuscitate Belle after she dies from her heart attack. While it's possible she was beyond saving, the fact remains that Scott never tried CPR or anything else that may have saved her.
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Revealing mistakes 

The rope that is used to swim underwater to the engine room is clearly secured, via hooks, in several places.
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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.
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As the ship is tipping over, a man in the dining room falls onto the Christmas tree and grabs onto it. Although the floor had become one of the walls, gravity is visibly still pulling him towards it. This is because although the dining room set could tilt on hydraulics for more serious angles, the camera was simply tilted.
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One chair, clearly not attached by any ropes, is on the upturned ceiling above the preacher when he reaches the top of the Christmas tree.
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In a few shots in the wheel house, blue screen is seen outside the windows.
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As Mr. Rosen starts climbing the catwalk in the engine room, we can see a 'dead crewman' move on the floor behind him.
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