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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Paul Gallico (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Reverend Scott
Ernest Borgnine ... Mike Rogo
Red Buttons ... James Martin
Carol Lynley ... Nonnie Parry
Roddy McDowall ... Acres
Stella Stevens ... Linda Rogo
Shelley Winters ... Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson ... Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin ... Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell ... Chaplain
Eric Shea ... Robin
Fred Sadoff ... Linarcos
Sheila Allen ... Nurse (as Sheila Mathews)
Jan Arvan ... Doctor Caravello
Byron Webster ... Purser
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Storyline

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Combining the talents of fifteen Academy Award Winners See more »


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Trivia

Reverend Scott's sermon reflected director Ronald Neame theory on life. See more »

Goofs

When the water starts flooding the dining room, it sprays onto the light fixtures causing them to go off. Seconds later, it is spraying onto them again. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Frank Scott: Through the kitchens and go deeper and deeper in the ship till we reach the hull. That way!
Mike Rogo: And you just kick out the botton and we swim ashore, huh?
Linda Rogo: Or maybe you could yell 'This is the police' and it'll open right up!
Mike Rogo: Don't be a smartass!
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Crazy Credits

The song "The Morning After" is credited on screen as "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" See more »

Connections

Spoofed in South Park: The Succubus (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band on New Year's Eve
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Hell, Upside Down
16 November 2003 | by psistanSee all my reviews

The aging liner Poseidon, on her final journey, is struck by a tidal wave that knocks her upside down. A small group of passengers realise that if they want to survive they must journey up into the bowels of the ship hoping for rescue from above.

The idea is well conceived and the excellent cast turn in good performances despite getting little help from the somewhat corny script. With above average special effects for the time and excellent sets that convincingly realise the upside down half-flooded ship and its bewildering maze of passageways, the movie manages to be compelling and exciting viewing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,850, 17 December 1972

Gross USA:

$84,563,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,563,118
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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