The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure

Ronald Neame (1972)

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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.


A luxury cruise liner at sea on New Year's Eve is struck by a freak tidal wave, which leaves it capsized and several passengers and crew trapped. A rebellious priest realises the ship is sinking fast, and leads a band of survivors up through the vessel in search of a way to the surface. Disaster movie, starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen and Roddy McDowall.

Cast & Crew

Reverend Frank Scott Gene Hackman
Mike Rogo Ernest Borgnine
James Martin Red Buttons
Nonnie Parry Carol Lynley
Acres 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
Linarcos Fred Sadoff
Director Ronald Neame
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray