The Poseidon Adventure

1972

Ronald Neame
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Production Company

A luxurious ocean liner is capsized when it is struck by a tidal wave on New Years' Eve. With everything upside down and time running out before she sinks completely, a handful of desperate passengers are led by an unorthodox preacher to the safety of the top (bottom) of the boat.

An all-star cast with a scene-stealing Shelley Winters and a loveable Roddy McDowall blend in well with the hot-tempered Ernest Borgnine as he battles Gene Hackman for leadership. The film looks a bit dated now, but will always be remembered for being the one that began the 70s genre of disaster flicks. ~ The Lord

So the special effects aren't so special anymore but Irwin Allen's sinking ship disaster movie, a kind of wish fulfillment version of the Titanic disaster, is still the superior item. Ridiculous and terribly entertaining at the same time, with a damp fine cast. ~ The Sloth

A sequel, Beyond The Poseidon Adventure followed seven years later.
See also Poseidon, a 2006 remake.



12th December 1972
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9th May 2006
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29th May 2006
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Gene Hackman
Reverend Frank Scott
Ernest Borgnine
Det. Lt. 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 Shelby
Fred Sadoff
Mr Linarcos
Sheila Allen
Nurse Gina Rowe
Jan Arvan
Dr Caravello
Byron Webster
Purser
John Crawford
Chief Engineer
Bob Hastings
M.C.
Erik L. Nelson
Mr Tinkham
Leslie Nielsen
Captain
Phil Adams
Cable Steward
Charles Bateman
First Officer Larsen
Craig Chudy
Helmsman
Jimmy Cross
Dining Room Steward
Ernie F. Orsatti
Terry
Stuart Perry
Teddy Parry
Frieda Rentie
Indian Woman
Elizabeth Rogers
Guest
Paul Stader
Wireless Operator
Unknown
Passenger

Lord Heath: Notes & Screenshots

Tony Sullivan: Notes