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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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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 (

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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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2.35 : 1
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The original cut of the film was about 123 minutes long with 25 minutes of footage missing 20 of which was pre-capsize footage. Against the wishes of Petersen, the film was massively re-edited during post-production. Petersen was quite furious about this. Missing footage included a scene where Maggie and Connor visit the bridge where the Captain and Gloria reveal the affair they've been having, a scene where we get more information on the Valentine/Elena situation and where Valentine watches Gloria practice before the evening. Quite of bit of Josh Lucas's character background was removed as well along with the conflict that was meant to be taking place between him and Maggie throughout the escape of the ship. See more »


After the Poseidon is hit by the wave, Dylan is shown getting up from the floor wearing his suit and tie. In the next shot his tie has disappeared. See more »


[first lines]
Christian: When?
Jennifer Ramsey: Mmm. Today.
Christian: Yeah. When today?
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Not bad at all, there have been worse remakes....
21 May 2007 | by (Southern England) – See all my reviews

Whilst not holding a candle to the far superior original in terms of script, plot and acting, this remake of the classic 1972 'The Poseidon Adventure' is at least watchable which is more than can be said for a lot of the seemingly endless tide of remakes hitting cinemas these days.

The characters (for want of a better word) are a bit thin and cardboard and the plot really is just a long string of reasonably predictable set pieces but at least it entertains. The best bit is the special effects which are absolutely top drawer. For some reason Hollywood can do some really good FX and CGI when it comes to boats and the CGI rendition of the Poseidon itself in the opening scene is incredibly well done.

Top marks also to the Producers for making sure the Poseidon is a proper British flagged Southampton registered ship and not some Americanised tub.

Much like its predecessor though I fully expect this version to become stable Bank Holiday afternoon television filler material for the next twenty years. Just a pity a remake of 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure' can't be done from this.

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