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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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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While waiting for Reverend Scott, Mr. Rogo jokes that the others should break out their hymnals and sing "Nearer, My God, to Thee." That song was sung by the crew and passengers of the SS Valencia as it sank and was allegedly the final song the band of the RMS Titanic played as it went down. See more »

Goofs

When Acres fell, there was an explosion underneath him that killed him. What he fell into was the ship's open-air ventilation shaft. There is nothing on the top of the shaft that could have blown up. See more »

Quotes

Captain Harrison: [discussing the approching wave] It seems to be piling up in those shallows... By the way, happy New Year.
First Officer Larsen: Thank you, sir. Same to you.
Captain Harrison: [returning to the conversation] What's its speed?
First Officer Larsen: 60 knots, sir.
Captain Harrison: It must be mountainous...
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Comedian (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band on New Year's Eve
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after seeing this,you might think twice about going on a cruise
5 June 2008 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

for a disaster flick,this is one of the better ones.for 1972,it is well made and has some good effects.it's pretty convincing also thought the movie was compelling and touching,and sad,all at the same time.since we get to know the characters a bit,you can't help but feel for them in their(what seems hopeless)situation.i did think there were a few stereotypical characters,which was annoying,but the acting was decent enough.plus,the fact that the survivors had to go through what amounted to a labyrinthine maze as they tried to get out,really added to the feeling of hopelessness of the situation.i was also surprised at who ultimately survived and who didn't.for a nearly 2 hour movie,this one moves along pretty good.i was engrossed throughout.for me,The Poseidon adventure is a strong 8/10


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