A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.
This last film in the 'Airport 'series ends fast - with an SST (supersonic transport); Concorde. Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) Murray deal with nuclear missiles being fired at the'speed-bird... See full summary »
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
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Dialogue between former policeman Mike Rogo and his wife Linda, a former prostitute, reveals that he arrested her multiple times to keep her off the street until he could convince her to marry him. This had a real precedent, whether author Paul Gallico knew it or not. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday 17 November 1954, that Inspector John O'Haire, of the San Francisco Police Department's vice squad had married Mary Frances Madsen, whom he had arrested eight months before as a call girl. The department stated that it was the inspector's "own life," and that no regulations had been violated. (Associated Press, "Elopes With Witness," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Wednesday 17 November 1954, Volume LXI, Number 67, page 34.) See more »
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. (NOTE: As CPR training of the general public had just started on any large scale during the same year as this film was released, it is probable that the character of Reverend Scott would not have had even a rudimentary understanding of the process of CPR, particularly because the world's first mass citizen training in CPR took place in Seattle, Washington in 1972, and the setting for this movie was in the North Atlantic as the ship was traveling from New York to Athens, Greece, so most of the characters would most likely not have come from the Seattle area in the first place.) See more »
The aging liner Poseidon, on her final journey, is struck by a tidal wave that knocks her upside down. A small group of passengers realise that if they want to survive they must journey up into the bowels of the ship hoping for rescue from above.
The idea is well conceived and the excellent cast turn in good performances despite getting little help from the somewhat corny script. With above average special effects for the time and excellent sets that convincingly realise the upside down half-flooded ship and its bewildering maze of passageways, the movie manages to be compelling and exciting viewing.
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