The Poseidon Adventure

  • PG
  • Ronald Neame (1972)
  • US
  • 116 min
The Poseidon Adventure
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

In this memorable calamity-at-sea epic from disaster-movie specialist Irwin Allen, an ocean liner turns turtle under a tidal wave and survivors fight their way to the ship's underside in an attempt to find an exit. The religious aspects of Paul Gallico's source novel get buried under a barrage of set pieces as director Ronald Neame cranks up the suspense and minister Gene Hackman leads a group of uptight passengers to what they hope will be their salvation. There are wonderfully poignant performances by Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters and Red Buttons, but it's always Hackman's movie - not even the remarkable effects can upstage him.

Plot Summary

Classic disaster movie starring Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine. Passengers aboard the luxury liner Poseidon are celebrating New Year's Eve in style, when suddenly the world turns upside down - the ship has been hit by a tidal wave. Can anyone escape the floating death trap before it sinks?

Cast and crew


Reverend Frank Scott
Gene Hackman
Mike Rogo
Ernest Borgnine
James Martin
Red Buttons
Nonnie Parry
Carol Lynley
Roddy McDowall
Linda Rogo
Stella Stevens
Belle Rosen
Shelley Winters
Manny Rosen
Jack Albertson
Ship's captain
Leslie Nielsen
Susan Shelby
Pamela Sue Martin
Ship's chaplain
Arthur O'Connell
Robin Shelby
Eric Shea
Fred Sadoff


Ronald Neame

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG