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The Poseidon Adventure [Blu-ray] [1972]
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The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features an all-star cast, including five Academy Award winners: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons. The cast also includes Carol Lynley, Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Nielsen, and in an early screen role, Pamela Sue Martin. It won a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects and an Academy Award for Best Original Song (for "The Morning After"). Shelley Winters won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. It also received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The plot centers on the SS Poseidon, an aged luxury liner from the golden age of travel, on her final voyage from New York City to Athens before being sent to the scrapyard. On New Year's Eve, she is overturned by a tsunami caused by an underwater earthquake. Passengers and crew are trapped inside and a rebellious preacher attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety.

Parts of the films were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary, whose encounter with a rogue wave in 1942 inspired the book upon which the film is based.

Boxoffice Magazine reported "The Poseidon Adventure" as the #1 Box Office Champ of 1973. By the end of 1974, it ranked among the six most successful features in film history, along with Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Love Story, Airport, and The Sound of Music. It is in the vein of other all-star disaster films of the 1970s such as Airport and later ones like Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. It was remade twice, first as a television special in 2005 with the same name, and a theatrical release with the name Poseidon in 2006. A 1979 sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, was released later with an equally star-studded cast, but was a box office and critical failure.

The Poseidon Adventure is an excellent film with an all-star cast and a great storyline. I bought this film as a present for my dad a few years ago (I can't remember whether it was for his birthday or for Christmas). He heard from a colleague at work some time ago that the 2006 theatrical remake of The Poseidon Adventure, simply titled Poseidon, didn't do very well at all, but I wouldn't know about that as I've not seen it.

Going back to The Poseidon Adventure, I very highly recommend this film, and even the not-so-successful sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure which starred Michael Caine.
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on 23 August 2014
BRILLIANT, much better than the remake
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on 10 April 2015
Very good movie from the past.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2005
I'll be honest with you: i'm scared of deep water. Not the kind of deep water you find in a swimming facility but the kind of deep water you'll find on the sea. Therefore i really hate shipwrecks because the thought of being trapped in the middle of the ocean with several kilometers down to solid ground scares the pants of me. I watch "The Poseidon Adventure" though because i like to feel the chill down my spine, and i wasn't disappionted. The movie is about the S.S. Poseidon which capsizes in the Mediterranean Sea when hit by a 9 meter wave/tsunami, caused by an underground earthquake, on New Years eve. Gene Hackman plays the priest who, along with a couple of other people, tries to get to the bottom of the ship (which is at the surface of the water), instead of waiting in the ball room like all of the other guests.
The movie has a lot of twists and turns, and a very well playing Gene Hackman who delivers a great performance. It's certainly a movie that's worth the money, and it will entertain you for two hours as it did to me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I friend loves this old film {good for a wet cold afternoon viewing] a bit naff but still a reasonable film .
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2000
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE is proabably one the best disaster movies ever made. It is still fun to watch today even against all the special effects capabilities used now. The action is pretty fast paced throughout the entire film especially since the tidal wave and capsizing scene happen early. Irwin Allen is the king of disaster movies and this his best feature in my opinion. If you enjoy disaster films, this is a must for your collection.
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on 9 April 2015
Nice picture,very good
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on 27 October 2014
Very happy all round.
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on 15 May 2015
great item thanks.
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on 25 April 2015
brilliant thanks
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