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 ... Linarcos
Sheila Allen ... 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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Trivia

The miniature built of the ocean liner was twenty-five feet long. See more »

Goofs

As the wave bears down on the ship, the captain shouts,"Turn left!" A 'real' captain would have used the term 'port', not 'left.' See more »

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Mike Rogo: Do you know what it means to be picked out from all the people on this boat to sit at the captain's table on New Year's Eve? Well, l'll tell you one thing it means. It means all your worries about those other women looking down on you is a lot of bull!
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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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Still holds up... hardly dated at all
30 December 2007 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

The clothes and the likes are really the only thing that date this film. 35 years old, and it still holds up well. No CGI featured, and none required. I have not read the book of this film, so I cannot say if it is an accurate adaptation, in the spirit of the original. I will say that it is a well-produced piece of fiction. The plot is quite good. The writing is good, and has very realistic, great moments. Dialog is well-done, and delivered equally well. The characters are credible and well-written. There is a reasonable amount of development and background for them. The special effects are undeniably excellently done. They are convincing throughout. Nature itself becomes the threat, with realistic physics. The camera-work and editing are nicely done, save for an awkward cut or two. Cinematography is effective. The pacing is solid for the whole film. As far as the technical aspect goes, the film is great. The acting is of high quality. The kid isn't the most annoying ever seen. The tension is admirable. I haven't watched particularly many disaster films... in fact, this film may be 50% of the total amount... so I can't say if this is an outstanding one. I'm not sure you can really watch this without noticing the theme of passivity versus activity... or, blind faith versus a more critical, independent faith. The film takes a definite stance on that. All in all, entertaining and worth your time. I recommend this to any fan of the actors and/or the genre. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972

Gross USA:

$84,563,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,563,118
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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