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The Poseidon Adventure

  • Drama
  • 1972
  • Ronald Neame
  • 112 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In this memorable calamity-at-sea epic from disaster-movie specialist Irwin Allen, an ocean liner turns turtle after being hit by a tidal wave, prompting the survivors to fight their way to the ship's underside to find an exit. Gene Hackman plays a minister leading a group of uptight passengers to what they hope will be their salvation, but 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. There are some wonderfully poignant performances from Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters and Red Buttons, but it's always Hackman's movie - not even the remarkable special effects can upstage him.

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Credits

Cast

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Reverend Frank ScottGene Hackman
Mike RogoErnest Borgnine
James MartinRed Buttons
Nonnie ParryCarol Lynley
AcresRoddy McDowall
Linda RogoStella Stevens
Belle RosenShelley Winters
Manny RosenJack Albertson
Ship's captainLeslie Nielsen
Susan ShelbyPamela Sue Martin
Ship's chaplainArthur O'Connell
Robin ShelbyEric Shea
LinarcosFred Sadoff

Crew

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DirectorRonald Neame

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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