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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 ... Linarcos
Sheila Allen ... Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The ship capsizes right at midnight. The combination of the length of the emergency lighting staying on, the rate of sinking and the story being acted out in "real time" make it impossible for it to be daytime when they are rescued. See more »

Quotes

Mike Rogo: You weren't on the streets that lon! How many guys did you know! Do youn realise how slim even one of those characters is on this boat!
Linda Rogo: You don't have to shout!
Mike Rogo: I said do you realise...
Linda Rogo: I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID!
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The ending credits are shown on a bright-blue background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Community: The First Chang Dynasty (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
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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