The Poseidon Adventure

1972

The Poseidon Adventure

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The Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queens Elizabeth and Mary combined, is charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Gene Hackman
as Frank Scott
Shelley Winters
as Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson
as Manny Rosen
Red Buttons
as James Martin
Carol Lynley
as Nonnie Parry
Stella Stevens
as Linda Rogo
Leslie Nielsen
as Ship's Captain
Pamela Sue Martin
as Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell
as Ship's Chaplain
Eric Shea
as Robin Shelby
Fred Sadoff
as Linarcos
Sheila Mathews
as Ship's Nurse
Jan Arvan
as Dr. Caravello
John Crawford
as Chief Engineer
Bob Hastings
as Master of Ceremonies
David Sharpe
as Passenger
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  • Sep 23, 2016
    It is irritating that nearly every female character is shown as weak or hysterical, but this is an entertaining disaster movie that can be quite tense sometimes and has a superb production design, nice action scenes and a great cast made up of mostly Oscar-winning actors.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 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.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2013
    One of the greatest disaster films ever made, The Poseidon Adventure is an intense thriller that never lets up. In the middle of its transatlantic voyage the S.S. Poseidon capsizes on New Year's, leaving a small group of passengers to struggle for survival by climb through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to reach rescue. The all-star cast includes Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Shelley Winters, and Pamela Sue Martin. The set designs are amazing, and really give the sense of being in an upside-down ship. The special effects are also especially well done; enhancing the film by adding suspense and a sense of danger. The Poseidon Adventure is a compelling and ground-breaking film that set a new standard for the disaster genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    While the "disaster flick" moniker certainly applies, here is actually a pretty good adventure tale of escape as a old luxury liner capsizes, forcing an intrepid few to attempt their own rescue through the ravaged remains of the topsy turvy steel boat. A guilty pleasure!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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