Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Poseidon Adventure



1972 American Feature

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin and Leslie Nielsen
Directors: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen (action sequences, uncredited)
Writers: Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Paul Gallico

Synopsis:
As the luxury ocean liner Poseidon charts its course on New Year's Eve, disaster strikes when an undersea earthquake causes a titanic tidal wave that capsizes the vessel, leaving just 10 survivors.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 75%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Original Song ("The Morning After") and Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award); also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Winters), Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Film Editing and Sound.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor (Hackman); also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Winters).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Winters); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Original Score and Original Song ("The Morning After").
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Dialogue.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure was first published in 1969.
  • Casting Call: Petula Clark, Sally Kellerman, George C. Scott, Gene Wilder and Esther Williams.
  • The #1 box office champ of 1973.
  • Followed by the 1979 sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, a notorious flop.
  • In 2001, The Poseidon Adventure was ranked #90 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list. 
  • Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, a stage parody/homage, premiered in Chicago in 2002.
  • Remade for television in 2005 and again the following year as the theatrically released Poseidon. In the latter, Richard Dreyfuss played a suicidal gay man.
  • Listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made".

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