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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

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Ronald Neame

Writers:

Paul Gallico (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Reverend Scott
Ernest Borgnine ... Mike Rogo
Red Buttons ... James Martin
Carol Lynley ... Nonnie Parry
Roddy McDowall ... Acres
Stella Stevens ... Linda Rogo
Shelley Winters ... Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson ... Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin ... Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell ... Chaplain
Eric Shea ... Robin
Fred Sadoff Fred Sadoff ... Linarcos
Sheila Allen ... Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Doctor Caravello
Byron Webster Byron Webster ... Purser
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A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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At midnight on New Year's Eve the S.S.Poseidon was struck by a 90 foot tidal wave and capsized See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,563,118
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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As the survivors, led by Gene Hackman, make their way toward the engine room, they get dirtier and dirtier, except for the exposed legs of Stella Stevens and Pamela Sue Martin, which remain silky smooth and dirt-free. See more »

Quotes

Mike Rogo: You! Preacher! You lyin', murderin', son of a bitch! You took from me the one thing I loved in the whole world! My Linda!
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played by the band on New Year's Eve and sung by the passengers
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The Love Boat From Hell
5 March 2001 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

The film that set the early 1970's stage for practically a whole genre of "disaster movies" (aside from AIRPORT in 1970). Yes, the initial prologue and set up is rather inane, yet we grow to appreciate and care for these characters. Flashing back to when this was a new release, this had as much buzz going as TITANIC. You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing "THE MORNING AFTER" being played. I just about drove my mum off the deep end "filming" a THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, with her Kodak super-8 camera. It starred all of us kids in the neighborhood, and I turned the house topsy-turvy to get that perfect "upside down" look. It's a wonder she didn't end up in a straightjacket on that one. Anyone in possession of those reels could own my home via extortion.

The nucleus of the film, of course, is mega-wave capsizes the SS POSEIDON. Passengers make their attempts to survive and escape the ship, if possible. The acting gets a little heavy at places, yet we are swept up into the saga. Anything that we're not alienated or disenfranchised from, is bound to win us over to a certain degree. You can't help but get involved in their struggle. The script dawdles here an there, however, it's a well above average movie.

Special kudos for Red Buttons, who does turn in an understated performance, and shines superbly. Recommended.


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