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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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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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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