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Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

PG | | Action, Adventure | 18 May 1979 (USA)
Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.



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After "The Poseidon Adventure", in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While the passengers are still on board waiting to be rescued, two rivaling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold and a small amount of plutonium. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The story is not yet over. Before her fate is sealed by the deep... the superliner Poseidon will reveal one last secret. See more »


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Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Poseidon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The cast had to learn how to scuba dive in preparation for the final act. See more »


In the original, the helicopter rescuing survivors is a Sikorsky S-55 variant but this helicopter becomes a Sikorsky S-61 variant in the sequel. See more »


Captain Stefan Svevo: [as the crews are inspecting the upside-down stern] I hope you are a religilous man, Captain. I've taken the liberty of saying a small prayer for us.
Captain Mike Turner: All of us?
Captain Stefan Svevo: Well, it is my feeling that... from this time on, our faiths are necessarily intertwined.
Captain Mike Turner: Good. Then you won't be offended if I remind you of that from time to time.
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Referenced in Cult Culture: The Poseidon Adventure (2003) See more »

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Every Single Cast Member Is Outstanding!
31 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Every Single Cast Member Is Outstanding. How often can one say that about a Disaster movie, or any movie?

The original Poseidon Adventure and Beyond/Poseidon are both four star movies that both just miss out on being five star movies because of one little problem. The original pushed The Church too much and Beyond/Poseidon has a feeling of being just a bit pointless.

I have watched the 1979 film about 25 times on video. The way the characters/actors react to each other and the very memorable lines they come out with are all wonderful. Sally Field brings incredible humour to simple every day terms like, "Oh brother", or "are you going to kiss me now?", and despite her public comments on how much she hated the movie and disliked Irwin Allen, this stands out as the best of Sally Field, to me.

Michael Caine recently said on a British talk show that, "Irwin Allen's The Swarm was the worst movie I have done". So I guess Beyond/Poseidon is not too high on his list. I don't care. The way his character takes command of this disaster movie and his encounters with Telly Savalas (this was also my favourite Savalas show) and Sally Field are nothing short of great entertainment.

You can tell that Irwin Allen directed this film, why? The endless explosions. Since the 1965-1966 TV season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Irwin has made it clear to his staff that explosions are needed in his shows. The Poseidon explosions, both inside and outside the ship, look great on film, as always. When Irwin told the media about this film he said "it is time to go back to the sea", maybe this film was another Voyage/Sea to Irwin?

I could do another 20 quotes from the other players. This movie had an okay musical score which picked up as the end credits started. Those end credits were important to me. After this movie, Irwin Allen produced some very average television, but this was the last great Irwin Allen feature film (When Time Ran Out was average), so that closing music was almost saying Goodbye to Irwin. Irwin left this world in 1991 but his work lives on.

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