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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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Hell, Upside Down See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The boots and pendant that Carol Lynley wears in the film actually came from her own private collection. See more »

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Just after the capsizing scene in the dining room, many passengers are seen clinging to the dining tables, which were bolted to the floor (now overhead). Many chairs had fallen, but several are still attached to the floor by ropes which were used to hold the chairs in place during rough weather. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Frank Scott: Give her your shirt.
Mike Rogo: My shirt?
Linda Rogo: Come on!
Mike Rogo: Linda, next time you put something on, like I told you to put on!
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Crazy Credits

There is no 20th Century Fox logo animation displayed, beginning or end. An in-credit text-only notice for that company replaced the usual logo animation. See more »


Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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Poseidon IS King of the Sea
24 July 2001 | by Thornfield2See all my reviews

This movie is my ultimate disaster flick and even though I really liked Titanic. This one, as others have said IS better and I'll tell you why. In Titanic we have just one story going, where as in this one we have several. The subtle budding romance between Nonnie and Mr. Martin was very interesting to watch. I thought they were a rather odd pairing at first, but it worked seeing how they both needed each other. Linda Rogo was my favorite character. She knew what to say and how to say it. She even told her pompus husband off a few times. The fact that she's an ex-prostitute and her husband being the cop that arrested her made their story rather interesting. Mr. Rogo and the Preacher's quarrels were amusing and heated. I liked the Rosens, they were the strong ones and you could truly see the love they had for one another. The kid was annoying, but useful and I really enjoyed the sexual tension between Susan and the Preacher. Their scenes were my favorite. This movie has a cast of truly rich characters that were more entertaining to watch than the actual effects. Ah! The good old days where character development and an actual plot outweigh the special effects and the disaster itself. 9 out of 10.


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