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The Poseidon Adventure (2005)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Action, Drama | TV Movie 20 November 2005
A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.


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Paul Gallico (novel), Bryce Zabel (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Baldwin ... Mike Rogo
Rutger Hauer ... Bishop August Schmidt
Steve Guttenberg ... Richard Clarke
Bryan Brown ... Jeffrey Eric Anderson
C. Thomas Howell ... Doctor Ballard
Peter Weller ... Captain Paul Gallico
Alex Kingston ... Suzanne Harrison
Alexa Hamilton ... Rachel Clarke
Clive Mantle ... James Martin
Sylvia Syms ... Belle Rosen
Amber Sainsbury ... Shelby Clarke
Rory Copus ... Dylan Clarke
Geoff Pierson ... Admiral Jennings
Peter Dobson ... Agent Percy
Nathalie Boltt ... Shoshanna (as Nathalie Bollt)


A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.

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Release Date:

20 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Some characters and rooms were renamed to pay homage; the ship's Captain was named Captain Gallico for Writer Paul Gallico, on whose novel the story is based; the ship's doctor was named Dr. Ballard for Robert Ballard, leader of the 1985 expedition that discovered the remains of the R.M.S. Titanic; the ship's lounge was named Jak's Lounge for Jak Castro, President of The Poseidon Adventure Fan Club. See more »


When Belle swims the under water floor she is taking the rope with her. The rope is visibly floating freely, however back at the other end, the guy is holding the rope under tension. See more »


Suzanne Harrison: How do you celebrate saving nine people when thousands have died?
Admiral Jennings: It's a miracle that anyone made it.
Suzanne Harrison: Hard to see any of this as a miracle. A bloody mess is what it is!
[turns around and leaves]
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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"Certainly worth looking at if you enjoyed the original film"
10 October 2005 | by simon-trekSee all my reviews

While the original movie was quite suspenseful this movie is over three hours long which not only makes the suspense last longer but also allows you to focus more on the characters and their own personal issues. This movie really had me really excited especially during the final twenty minutes, which grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go!

This movie has the same basic storyline as the original film, a capsized cruise ship the Poseidon and a group of survivors makes an audacious attempt to reach the hull of ship while trying to bypass many life threatening hazards and death traps. But while the Poseidon was capsized by as tsunami in the original film, in this TV remake the Poseidon is capsized by a terrorist bombing. Also while the original film only told the story from the survivors point of view, this film also explains the situation outside the Poseidon. For example the ocean radio monitoring service trying to figure out what happened to the Poseidon when all radio contact is lost, and once the situation is learned we see the navy and marines racing against time to reach the Poseidon and discussing how they are going to rescue any survivors.

However there will also be another remake of 'The Poseidon Adventure' released early next year. This time it will be a major film called 'Poseidon'. Why are they making to remakes so close together? I'm not sure but it has been done before. For example in 1996 a TV movie was released of 'Titanic' just a year before James Camerons multiple Oscar winning film was released.

Also I wonder why this TV movie was released in Australia before it is even released in America? But it's good that we Aussies get to be the first to see this great TV remake of a classic suspense thriller. All together this is certainly one highly suspenseful movie and I certainly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the original film.

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