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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reverend Scott
... Mike Rogo
... James Martin
... Nonnie Parry
... Acres
... Linda Rogo
... Belle Rosen
... Manny Rosen
... Susan Shelby
... Chaplain
... Robin
Fred Sadoff ... Linarcos
... Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan ... Doctor Caravello
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 »


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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The famous interior "capsizing" sequence was done in two parts. The first part had the hydraulically-controlled set tilted to its maximum 45 degrees. The cameras were then stopped and the set was redressed so that the floor (deck) became the ceiling (overhead), and vice versa. The actors were then returned to the set which was then tilted further to complete the sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Susan jumps from a table attached to the ceiling, she isn't wearing shoes. When she lands in the table cloth, she's clearly wearing shoes. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Linda Rogo: I saw a young officer on deck the other day, and he looked DAMN familiar... even with his clothes on.
Mike Rogo: So... he recognized ya, so?
Mrs. Linda Rogo: So doesn't that bother you?
Mike Rogo: If it bothered me, I wouldn'ta married ya.
Mrs. Linda Rogo: Well first you arrested me six times.
Mike Rogo: Well I had to figure out some way to keep you off the streets... until you'd marry me.
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The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

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Spoofed in Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire (1990) See more »

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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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The granddaddy of all disaster films
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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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