Poseidon Adventure 1972

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When a luxury liner is upturned by a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, ten survivors struggle to stay alive as they seek a means of escape. Resourceful man of the cloth Reverend Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) assumes responsibility for his fellow passengers, who include a pop singer, an elderly Jewish couple and a New York detective.

Starring:
Carol Lynley,Eric Shea
Runtime:
1 hour, 56 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Ronald Neame
Starring Carol Lynley, Eric Shea
Supporting actors Jack Albertson, Red Buttons, Arthur O'Connell, Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Roddy Mcdowall, Pamela Sue Martin
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Battaglini on 4 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
I totally agree that this is one of the best (and was one of the first) of the cycle of disaster movies. The setting is very original: an interior of a ship turned upside down! The cast is great (see other comments). I don't agree at all that it is "unabashedly brainless". The psychology of the movie's characters is superb; other disaster movies just don't stand the comparison. It is truly a thriller, one of those movies you get involved in, like in a game. I saw it years ago on the big screen and have been bought the DVD now because I want this movie to be part of my private collection (which is small). A final suggestion to all Amazon reviewers: please don't tell so much about the story, otherwise it isn't fun seeing the movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harry the Slug on 1 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
These reviews can get a bit confusing. Some of them are for different formats, releases etc. This UK Blu Ray release looks fantastic and comes with a good array of extras (2 x commentaries, various featurettes, trailers etc. This is a recommended buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hacked Off on 14 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This review is for the UK 2014 Steel-book blu ray release; as Amazon doesn't state if there are any extras; then rest assured all the extras from the previous two disc dvd release are indeed here. However for the price you pay (18.99 at time of writing) then the actual steel-book can come across as a slight disappointment; the small wrap around sleeve doesn't detail any of the extras; plus no booklet of any kind makes it a rather expensive upgrade; in fairness I didn't own the blu-ray release (only the two disc dvd edition - this is a one disc with the same extras); but if this is the same as the last blu-ray release; then I would think seriously about this upgrade unless you are a steel-book fan. Yes it's nice; but that's all and one wonders if it's actually worth the price: however this doesn't detract from a excellent and suspense filled film and looks wonderful at a 1080 resolution!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
On New Years Eve, the ocean liner SS Poseidon is hit by a tidal wave causing it to capsize. Floating in an inverted state in the sea, a hardy band of passengers led by Reverend Frank Scott, attempt to climb up to the engine room and hopefully to freedom. But inner fighting and a number of obstacles in their way are seriously hampering the survival bid.

Producer Irwin Allen seemed to have single handedly created the disaster genre in the 1970s, here with The Poseidon Adventure, with Ronald Neame directing, he managed to take us into an upside down world of thrilling drama and none stop perils. The cast list may well be something to note, Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowell, Stella Stevens and Red Buttons, but really it's the sets and the fight for survival thru this watery labyrinthine that lifts the film above many of its genre peers. The picture has a very real feel to it, with the characters gradually getting you on side as they strive for survival, we have great work from Hackman and Borgnine as they vie for control of this disparate group, but we are with them all the way even tho we just know that this number will surely dwindle.

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 was remade for the modern audience in 2006 with all the tools of the trade available to the makers, watching both films together it's not hard to see which is the most impressive, the 72 original has a vitality that modern blockbuster pictures can't quite grasp, and of course the technical aspects easily outstrip the CGI laden efforts of the later picture. Often seen as one of the leading lights of a much maligned genre, The Poseidon Adventure still packs a punch to this day, both in its craft and its emotional heart. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 July 2006
Format: DVD
The original The Poseidon Adventure isn't exactly a film so good that it couldn't stand remaking even if subsequent voyages on the large and small screen disappointed. The first half hour before the wave hits is like a very badly written episode of The Love Boat, with painfully on the nose dialogue ("What kind of priest are you?" "I'm a renegade! The very best kind!") and hideously stereotyped characters. In fact, truth to tell, it's a pretty pedestrian affair even after the ship goes bottom up: strip away its high concept and all you're really left with is a long, slow wade to the grave for some of the characters en route to the cheapest closing sequence ever fobbed off on an audience in a major studio picture. Aside from the odd bit of dialog about the importance of life in the face of death or Gene Hackman's occasional tirades about or against God that hint at someone striving for a big theme, there's not that much of Paul Gallico's original religious allegory left either (if memory serves, in the novel the Reverend Scott had 12 passengers following him on his path to martyrdom). Worse, some of the performances are just excruciating to watch (particularly Red Buttons) while Roddy McDowall's attempt at a Scottish accent is particularly painful. It has its moments, but far fewer than you'd think.

No complaints about Fox's special edition (be careful to order the right one, as Amazon has put these reviews under the 2-disc and single-disc editions) - a surprising commentary from Ronald Neame (who has never made any secret of his dislike for the film in the past), several featurettes, trailers and stills gallery - although it is irritating that Fox have inexplicably cropped the original 1972 making of featurette to 1.85:1 when it was originally fullframe.
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