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      The Poseidon Adventure

      PG Released Dec 12, 1972 1h 57m Adventure Mystery & Thriller TRAILER for The Poseidon Adventure: Trailer 1 List The Poseidon Adventure: Trailer 1 The Poseidon Adventure: Trailer 1 3:14 View more videos
      80% Tomatometer 30 Reviews 76% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings En route from New York City to Greece on New Year's Eve, majestic passenger ship the S.S. Poseidon is overtaken by a tidal wave. With the captain (Leslie Nielsen) dead, surviving passengers, including the passionate Rev. Scott (Gene Hackman), band together in the ship's ballroom. The group struggles to avert fires, flooding, structural instability and mechanical malfunctions as they make their way through a maze of ladders and tunnels in their desperate attempt to escape a watery grave. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Poseidon Adventure exemplifies the disaster film done right, going down smoothly with ratcheting tension and a terrific ensemble to give the peril a distressingly human dimension.

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker The picture would be more fun if we cared about who got killed and who survived. Sep 29, 2023 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine What the glittering, star-driving survivalism of Poseidon Adventure actually presents is a nightmarishly schematic fantasia of guiltless discomfort. Rated: 3/4 May 8, 2006 Full Review Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness Neither as exciting nor as unintentionally funny as one would like it to be. Rated: B- Apr 19, 2006 Full Review Rachel Wagner Hallmarkies Podcast Compelling characters I enjoyed following Jan 8, 2024 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine When reviewed, for the benefit of 21st century moviegoers, this is a rather silly but sweet disaster flick with a lot of camp appeal. When critiqued, to better understand cinema, this really is a mold-breaking master work. Rated: 8/10 Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Silly as it is, it was probably the best of the cycle it started in earnest. Dec 14, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Fábio A Uma história impressionante Um filme muito bem construído do início aos fim com um senario bem realista que muito bom ascensão de que tudo aquilo está realmente acontecendo os personagens são muito bom e a direção também e o elenco também é muito bom Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/20/24 Full Review Dean W Hands down the best disaster movie ever made. The sets the stories the humor the horror all top notch. The images of the upside down liner are haunting and riveting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review Mitch M This is my favorite "disaster" movie. The acting is just superb, especially Hackman's preacher role. Considering when this movie was made, the special effects are excellent. This is one of those movies that I just never get tired of watching. I saw it back-to-back nights in the movie theater when it first came out. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/12/24 Full Review Alec B There's an argument to be made that it is the best of the 70s disaster movies (an admittedly low bar) as it isn't too long and there is a willingness to kill off characters (most of whom are not too insufferable) in unceremonious ways. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/24 Full Review Jake D This movie still holds up today! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/02/24 Full Review Audience Member Over 50 years old and this opened a new wave of disaster flicks in the mainstream of Hollywood Starring Gene Hackman, the late Ernest Borgnine, the late Jack Albertson, the late Roddy McDowell, and the late Leslie Nielsen The ship Poseidon is on its way an aging luxury liner from New York City to Athens before it is scrapped But an undersea earthquake near Crete triggers a tsunami, the captain tries to steer away from the 100ft wave, but the ship lists so badly from the impact that it flips around entirely Gathered in the promenade room for a New Year’s Eve party, the surviving passengers are the top of a ship that has now submerged, which means they’re at the bottom As the Rev Frank Scott, a minister who argues that people should help themselves rather than rely on God to do it This was second highest-grossing film to come out that year, trailing only The Godfather Didn't know it was based on Paul Gallico’s novel – which would be adapted two more times subsequently Corny, clanky but undeniably fun Some pretty decent effects as far as pyrotechnics with miniatures and low Dutch angles It's considered camp by todays standards and even modern blockbusters will be dated too But it did usher a new wave of disaster movies in Hollywood Hackman said it was the best job--a money maker as it were; Yet Hackman creates a character whose will to live – and to save other’s lives in the process – is a matter of religious devotion, a Job-like burden against a spiteful or indifferent God He strives to make the movie deserve his performance Hackman just keeps on providing the urgency and gravity that keeps the film from sinking the depths of self-parody Producer Irwin Allen and director Ronald Neame turn a simple fight for survival into an action showcase that nonetheless goes to greater lengths than necessary to develop its characters and make their survival (and sacrifices) meaningful to the audience The movie works because of its nightmarish scenario, a real situation in which actual victims struggle to make it out alive against all odds Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis En route from New York City to Greece on New Year's Eve, majestic passenger ship the S.S. Poseidon is overtaken by a tidal wave. With the captain (Leslie Nielsen) dead, surviving passengers, including the passionate Rev. Scott (Gene Hackman), band together in the ship's ballroom. The group struggles to avert fires, flooding, structural instability and mechanical malfunctions as they make their way through a maze of ladders and tunnels in their desperate attempt to escape a watery grave.
      Director
      Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen
      Producer
      Irwin Allen, Steve Broidy
      Screenwriter
      Paul Gallico, Wendell Mayes, Stirling Silliphant
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Adventure, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 12, 1972, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 3, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 57m
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