The Poseidon Adventure

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Release Date: December 13, 1972

On DVD/VOD: March 9, 1999

1h 57m | Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller


The SS Poseidon, a luxury liner built years earlier, is on her final voyage from New York City to Athens, where she's destined to be scrapped. As passengers gather in the dining room to celebrate New Year's Eve, the captain (Leslie Nielsen) receives a report of an undersea earthquake.

The news comes too late. Although the crew tries to steer the ship away, it's hit by a tidal wave and capsizes, trapping the passengers and crew inside. Knowing that the only way out is up to an outer hull, which is still above sea level, a group of survivors try to make their way out through the galley, led by Reverend Frank Scott (Gene Hackman).

Based on the novel of the same name by author Paul Gallico, the film won two Academy Awards: a Special Achievement Award for visual effects and Best Original Song for "The Morning After."

Director: Ronald Neame
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Irwin Allen
Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen
Writer(s): Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes


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