The Poseidon Adventure 1972

The Poseidon Adventure

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The Poseidon Adventure exemplifies the disaster film done right, going down smoothly with ratcheting tension and a terrific ensemble to give the peril a distressingly human dimension.

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En route from New York City to Greece on New Year's Eve, majestic passenger ship the S.S. Poseidon is overtaken by a tidal wave. With the captain (Leslie Nielsen) dead, surviving passengers, including the passionate Rev. Scott (Gene Hackman), band together in the ship's ballroom. The group struggles to avert fires, flooding, structural instability and mechanical malfunctions as they make their way through a maze of ladders and tunnels in their desperate attempt to escape a watery grave.

Cast & Crew

Gene Hackman
Rev. Frank Scott
Ernest Borgnine
Det. Lt. Mike Rogo
Red Buttons
James Martin
Carol Lynley
Nonnie Parry
Leslie Nielsen
Captain Harrison
Steve Broidy
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Joel Hirschhorn
Original Music
Al Kasha
Original Music
John Williams
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for The Poseidon Adventure

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Audience Reviews for The Poseidon Adventure

  • 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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