Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure

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Director: Ronald Neame

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons

     
 

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The Poseidon is an ocean liner charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones --

Overview

The Poseidon is an ocean liner charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979.

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The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first and best specimens of the disaster movie genre of the 1970s. The hallmarks of the genre are in full form: huge sets, a big budget, a star-studded ensemble cast, and a silly premise. Gene Hackman injects a renegade zeal into his role as the savior preacher; ironically, Hackman's other films during this era (The French Connection, Prime Cut) tended toward the violent and progressive. The action sequences involving the upside-down luxury liner are well-made, though, for many viewers, the primitive special effects make Poseidon a campy curiosity. Produced by Irwin Allen, the film was better received by audiences and critics than the original disaster flick, 1971's Airport. The Poseidon Adventure was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Song ("The Morning After") and an honorary award for visual effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0024543808619
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
21,175

Special Features

Commentary by director Ronald Neame; Commentary by Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley; Hollywood backstories: The Poisedon Adventure; The cast looks back; Falling up with Ernie; The writer: Stirling Silliphant; The heroes of the Poseidon; The morning after story; R.M.S. Queen Mary; Conversations with Ronald Neame: sinking corridor, generations of fans, turning over the ship; Galleries: marketing, publicity, behind-the-scenes; Storyboard comparisons: ship capsizes, the vertical shaft, saving Reverand Scott; Vintage promotional material: original 1972 featurette, The Poisedon Adventure teaser, The Poisedon Adventure trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Rev. Frank Scott
Ernest Borgnine Mike Rogo
Red Buttons James Martin
Carol Lynley Nonnie Parry
Roddy McDowall Acres
Stella Stevens Linda Rogo
Leslie Nielsen Captain Harrison
David Sharpe Passenger
Erik Nelson Tinkham
Bob Hastings M.C.
Shelley Winters Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell Ship's Chaplain
Eric Shea Robin Shelby
Fred Sadoff Linarcos
Sheila Mathews Ship's Nurse
Jan Arvan Dr. Caravello
Byron Webster Purser
John Crawford Chief Engineer

Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Del Acevedo Makeup
Irwin Allen Producer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Ed Butterworth Makeup
William J. Creber Production Designer
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Joel Hirschhorn Songwriter
Kasha Songwriter
Harold Kress Editor
Carol Lynley Songwriter
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Allan Snyder Makeup
Paul Stader Stunts
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Paul Zastupnevich Costumes/Costume Designer

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The Poseidon Adventure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
God bless the 70's. Disaster mania. I remember going to the Queen Mary in '72 on New Year's Eve. What a night it was--sitting at a dining table with nine other people waiting at the stroke of midnight for our capsizing to start. Great movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! this movie was great but scary. Just the basic thought that one minute you're having a great fun time and the next you're either dead or fighting for your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Poseidon Adventure" is a story about faith and irony. As well as love and hope, but what really makes this film special, is of course, it's stunt team, art direction and visual effects. Watching this film, you care about each character and their struggles. You mourn their deaths and become elated when they triumph huge odds. But, it IS a summer blockbuster and a great one. "The Poseidon Adventure" is the most fun you'll have at the movies!