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August 21, 2016
Not one dull moment!!!! My favorite movie of all time!!!!
½ July 17, 2016
The cast members, an assortment of Oscar-winners fighting for their lives in the bowels of a capsized cruise ship, are comprised of disaster-movie clichés rather than character traits.
May 16, 2016
Despite the first act looking goofy, it really kicks off the moment the boat tips. You're so desperate to know what happens next and how they get out!

REVISITED REVIEW: I still stand by my original rating; adding it has great cinematography and brilliant music by John Williams.
April 21, 2016
A l'époque où les films catastrophes pouvaient tout de même avoir un bon scénario !
½ April 5, 2016
Rating: 73%
Campy, fun, and at times thrilling, The Poseidon Adventure is an uneven but entertaining classic that arguably deserves to be watched more than once.
February 19, 2016
A good adventure blockbuster that is just yearly fodder this day and age. Not without its flaws, nobody seems to know how to swim and everybody questions Hackman who is right most of the time. Great for the time period it was made and better than some of the action survival films out there today. If you forgive some of the pitfalls you'll have a great time.
February 9, 2016
One of the best movies ever made.
December 20, 2015
A classic disaster type movie from the 1970's Gene Hackman stands out in this film for his great acting.
½ December 9, 2015
It truly is amazing that with the endless supply of special effects and budgets big enough to destroy a small country and rebuild it if they really wanted to, the fact that The Poseidon Adventure is still better then these newer movies is a testament to how great of a film it really is. This movie is flat out exciting and thrilling all at the same time. Some of the most tense scenes in any movie take place inside the ship that has turned upside down filled with passengers as they struggle to find a way to make it out of this ship. Let me just say that there is a scene where they have to swim underwater to get to the other side of the boat and hold their breath for a pretty long time, you can feel the anxiety pouring through the screen as they prepare to do this. You really get attached to these characters and root for them as they fight for survival.
December 2, 2015
It's a fine disaster movie with strong performances from Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, and Leslie Nelson. Great production design and effects and a wonderful score from John Williams
½ November 28, 2015
The Poseidon Adventure: One of the first disaster flicks ever made and still one of the best. Yes, the dialogue is cheesy and some of the characters are one dimensional, but its message, about never giving up and having the courage to follow your instincts even when it goes against what the majority is doing, gives this film a big heart. And Shelley Winters was epic - well deserving of her Golden Globe supporting actress win and Oscar nomination. A
September 16, 2015
The prototypical 70's disaster genre with stellar cast at it's finest.
September 11, 2015
A very dated disaster classic that's actually more laughable today than compelling.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2015
Irwin Allen's engrossing classic that was the vanguard for the disaster genre. On New Year Eve the Luxury Ocean liner S.S. Poseidon is hit by a 90 foot tide wave that was caused by an undersea earthquake and capsized. Leaving a small band of survivors led by a rebellious preacher, superbly played by Gene Hackman, to journey through the perilous upside down bowels of the ship to hopefully make it to the stern of the ship and try to fine a way out through the propeller shaft, before the entire ship floods and sinks. Hackman fine turn is matched by solid supporting performances by Jack Albertson, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, and Shelly Winters in an endearing Oscar nominated performance. Brilliantly produced by Irwin Allen with astute direction by Ronald Neame, and an evocative Oscar nominated score by John Williams. Oscar winner for Best Song "The Morning After," also earned an special Oscar for special achievement in visual effects. Sit back and enjoy the disaster genre epic that started it all. Highly Recommended.
½ July 20, 2015
The only way to really enjoy this type of movie is to watch it in a BIG theatre, with a BIG crowd as it was seen in 70mm six track stereo sound. In 1he 1970's.
½ July 4, 2015
The best of Irwin Allen's series of disaster films, due to a fiery lead performance from Gene Hackman and steady direction from veteran director Ronald Neame. Almost everybody involved here is far better than the material, but they manage to elevate it.
½ June 22, 2015
A lot of fun to watch, even if it's not the most original type of movie. It really is just a typical disaster movie, but with a big cast, excellent stunts and sets, it is the kind of movie they just don't make anymore. Everything would be all CGI now. Seeing large floods of water and people falling off really high places is something you rarely see done with practical effects like this movie. If it were made today (and it was remade not too long ago) then it wouldn't be as much fun. It's one of the first big budget disaster flicks and worth checking out.
June 10, 2015
This is a great movie. The greatest escaping adventure of all time.
May 25, 2015
Shelly Winters swims! I always found this film to be one of the more ridiculous of the 1970s cycle of disaster films. It's not a bad film, but the disaster the film centers around always seemed pretty silly. A Queen Mary-like ship overtones during a storm and Reverend Gene Hackman leads a group of survivors through the upside down ship, hoping to find the ocean surface to be rescued. Like most of this cycle of films, it's a star studded affair of old and new Hollywood stars, which includes Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell and Leslie Nielsen (who'd go on to parody this type of film in "Airplane"). A pre-Jaws or Star Wars John Williams provided the score, though he's thankfully not responsible for the annoying "The Morning After" song that served as the love theme for the film.
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