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Poseidon (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  12 May 2006 (USA)
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On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria (as Stacy Ferguson)


It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' when it capsizes on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancée--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poseidon: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,155,410 (USA) (12 May 2006)


$60,655,503 (USA) (4 August 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carol Lynley, Red Buttons and Pamela Sue Martin, three stars of the original film, attended the premiere in May, 2006. See more »


Watch the Captain just after he introduces Gloria. There is a shot of him stepping off the stairs at the side of the stage and walking towards the crowd, clapping. They show a closeup of Gloria, then a shot from the balcony. If you look at the side of the stage, the Captain is walking off it again. See more »


[first lines]
Christian: When?
Jennifer Ramsey: Mmm. Today.
Christian: Yeah. When today?
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.170 (2009) See more »


Written by H. Sanchez, K. Perazzo, J. Norek and M. Pistel
Performed by Latin Soul Syndicate
Courtesy of LoveCat Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A 'Bad' movie can still be fun to watch
3 August 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Especially one that sinks Titanic in special effects...

This is a remake of The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Before you jump on the bandwagon and start bashing it on this basis alone, keep it mind that the original film was not exactly a masterpiece. It was a film that sacrificed scientific reality to propel an inane plot, filled with one-dimensional characters and compensated for it with action-overload. Poseidon is exactly the same -- ridiculous plot, intrepid characters and big slice of adventure. What is different in this version is the masterful CGI. This is a perfect time to remake a film like this (much better than in 1972) -- just go overboard with special effects and no one will notice the flawed writing (which is basically a sketchbook mess).

This is the reason Poseidon does not fail in entertaining the audience. I'll admit that I was skeptical when Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas appeared in all her plastic surgery glory and Josh Lucas spouted out some cheeseball line ("Where is the disco?" "Why, you feel like dancing now?"), but I set its cringeworthy dialogue aside early on and focused my energy on not wanting to kill Fergie. The giant tidal wave capsizing the luxury liner Poseidon would take care of that, leaving only a small group of people fighting to reach the top and get out.

Another thing, besides special effects, that is by far better in this version is that the characters are actually interested in surviving and do not stop every few minutes for a petty argument as in The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Make no mistake however, these characters are still dumb to the core, getting by on lucky circumstances, occasional heroic feats and conveniently appearing objects and hatches – you've seen it all before, but damn, this is sensationally quality action.

Overall, Poseidon is bathed in a militantly hectic mood and is as fast-paced as any action film you'll see. It features mind-numbing special effects, overdoses of excitement and just typical Wolfgang Peterson overkill. It definitely won't disappoint you if you're looking for cheap but solid adrenaline kicks. I'd even happily sit through this experience again.


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