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

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.


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

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


  • 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.

  • 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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