On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.


Wolfgang Petersen


Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Paul Gallico (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Lucas ... Dylan Johns
Kurt Russell ... Robert Ramsey
Jacinda Barrett ... Maggie James
Richard Dreyfuss ... Richard Nelson
Emmy Rossum ... Jennifer Ramsey
Mía Maestro ... Elena Morales
Mike Vogel ... Christian
Kevin Dillon ... Lucky Larry
Freddy Rodríguez ... Marco Valentin
Jimmy Bennett ... Conor James
Fergie ... Gloria (as Stacy Ferguson)
Andre Braugher ... Captain Bradford
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Chief Officer Reynolds
Kelly McNair ... Emily
Gabriel Jarret ... 1st Officer Chapman


It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' when it capsizes on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancée--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril | See all certifications »

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Richard Dreyfuss has stated in numerous interviews that he did the film only for the money. In 2017, he Tweeted that he used the money to get his son Ben into college. See more »


With the ship flipped over, throughout the entire movie they are walking on the ceilings of the ship. Majority of the ceilings are not designed to hold the weight of one person let alone multiple people. Chances are they would fall through the ceiling multiple times and / or in multiple places. A lot of the ceilings on cruise ships are drop ceilings so when the ship rolled over, a lot of the ceiling tiles would be missing and only guide wires and the sub structure would remain. You don't see any of this in the movie and they don't have any trouble walking on ceilings throughout the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Christian: When?
Jennifer Ramsey: Mmm. Today.
Christian: Yeah. When today?
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Version of The Poseidon Adventure (2005) See more »


Let's Get Loud
Written by Gloria Estefan and Flavio Santander
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What have we learned after watching that?
11 October 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

1)Make sure you have a child with you when you go on a cruise:you are sure to be part of the survivors in case of wreck.

2)Do not listen to the captain:he may be wrong.

3)Do listen to an architect's piece of advice:he knows what he's talking about.

4)Never contradict your future father-in -law:he's old enough to know better.

5)It's useful to lever something up:never do what the girls do,of course ,it's a guy who's got the idea.

6)Never trust your name ,even if you call yourself "Lucky".

7)Never invoke Poseidon (the God) in vain.

8)Never walk across a gulf when you are drunk.

9)Never forget what happened to the Titanic.

10)Never rent a movie which is the remake of a not-so-great disaster flick.(obvious)

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,155,410, 14 May 2006

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2.35 : 1
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