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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

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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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Combining the talents of fifteen Academy Award Winners See more »


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13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,563,118
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster told Larry King that he turned down the role of Rev. Frank Scott, because he didn't think it was right for him. See more »

Goofs

As Mr. Rosen starts climbing the catwalk in the engine room, we can see a 'dead crewman' move on the floor behind him. See more »

Quotes

Nonnie Parry: [frightened] I can't swim.
James Martin: You can't?
Nonnie Parry: No... not a stroke.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: At midnight on New Year's Eve, the S. S. POSEIDON, enroute from New York to Athens, met with disaster and was lost. There were only a handful of survivors. This is their story. . . See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) See more »

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Give Me the Simple Life
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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The granddaddy of all disaster films
10 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although after Airport The Poseidon Adventure truly is the film that started the craze... The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Airport 75 etc. all owe their getting made to this film...while Airport may have started the genre PS perfects it. Top of the line special effects, decent acting, and an edge of your seat story makes this the king of all disaster films. It's so good that no matter what I'm doing if I flip channels and hot this I stop and watch it.


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