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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Product Details

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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13 of 13 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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10 of 10 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
I will resist the urge to compare this 1972 classic disaster movie to James Cameron's Titanic because The Poseidon Adventure tells a very different kind of story. The first thing you notice about this film is its truly remarkable cast; there are no less than 15 Academy Award winners showcased in this epic film. While the special effects are very good for the most part, this film deals much more with the personal stories of the would-be survivors than it does the actual disaster. The Poseidon is carrying hundreds of passengers to Greece on its final voyage; the representative of the owner orders the captain to proceed at full speed, despite the captain's (Leslie Nielsen) concern about insufficient ballast after weathering a fierce storm at sea. As the passengers celebrate the New Year at midnight, the ship is hit with a 90-foot tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake and turns completely over in the water.
Gene Hackman plays a maverick preacher named Scott who leads a group of survivors in a bid to save themselves, but only a select number of people follow him because the ship's purser insists everyone should stay where they are. Reverend Scott's followers include a man and wife (Jack Albertson and Shelley Winters) who were on their way to see their grandson for the first time, a young lady (the exceedingly cute, pre-Dynasty Pamela Sue Martin) and her annoying but generally helpful little brother (Eric Shea), an incredibly loud and obnoxious former cop (Ernest Borgnine) and his equally annoying former prostitute wife (Stella Stevens), a hardworking and all-around nice fellow (Red Buttons), a singer (Carol Lynley), and a shipmate (Roddy McDowell). Their journey "up" through the bowels of the ship in search of salvation is an arduous one that some individuals will not live to complete.
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