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Encyclopedia > The Poseidon Adventure (1972 film)
The Poseidon Adventure
Directed by Ronald Neame
Irwin Allen
Produced by Irwin Allen
Written by Paul Gallico (novel)
Wendell Mayes & Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
Starring Gene Hackman
Shelley Winters
Ernest Borgnine
Stella Stevens
Leslie Nielsen
Music by Joel Hirschhorn
John Williams
Al Kasha
Cinematography Harold E. Stine
Editing by Harold F. Cress
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date December 12, 1972
Running time 117 min.
Language English
Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 action/adventure/disaster film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. It concerns the capsizing of a luxurious ocean liner by a tidal wave and the desperate struggles of a handful of survivors to reach the 'top' (originally the bottom of the hull) of the liner before it sinks. This is a copyrighted poster. ... Ronald Neame is a British film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed The Master of Disaster for his work in the disaster film genre. ... Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed The Master of Disaster for his work in the disaster film genre. ... Paul Gallico, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Paul William Gallico (July 26, 1897-July 15, 1976) was a fabulously successful U.S. novelist and short story writer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... This article is about the actress. ... Ernest Borgnine shows off his new Chief Petty Officer cover at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C on October 15, 2004 Ernest Borgnine (born January 24, 1917) is an American actor. ... Stella Stevens ( born October 1, 1936 ) is an actress. ... Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has portrayed the character of Frank Drebin in three feature films and a television series. ... Joel Hirschhorn, (December 18, 1938 – September 18, 2005), was a Jewish-American songwriter. ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Al Kasha (b 22 January 1937) is a Brooklyn–born multi-talented composer, songwriter and arranger, as well as businessman. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... The Poseidon Adventure is a 1969 novel by Paul Gallico. ... Paul Gallico, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Paul William Gallico (July 26, 1897-July 15, 1976) was a fabulously successful U.S. novelist and short story writer. ... Capsizing refers to when a boat is inverted such that the bottom of the boat is on top. ... A hull is the body or frame of a ship or boat. ...


It won the Academy Award for Best Song for "The Song from 'The Poseidon Adventure'" (aka "The Morning After"), which also became a hit single for Maureen McGovern. The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... The Morning After was an Academy Award-winning song, first released in early 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... A former secretary, Maureen McGovern quickly became the new it singer in 1973 with the Oscar-winning Morning After. ...


The plot centered around the S.S. Poseidon, a luxury liner from the golden age of travel, on its final voyage before the scrapyard. On New Year's Eve, it is overturned by a rogue wave caused by an underwater earthquake, trapping all inside. A renegade priest attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety. New Years Eve is a celebration held the day before New Years Day, on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year. ... The Draupner wave, a single giant wave measured on New Years Day 1995, finally confirmed the existence of freak waves, which had previously been considered near-mythical Freak waves, also known as rogue waves or monster waves, are relatively large and spontaneous ocean surface waves which can sink even...


Parts of the movie were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary. RMS Queen Mary was a Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line) ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. ...


A huge box office success, it was the top grossing film of 1972. The success of this film is in the vein of other all-star disaster films in the seventies such as Airport (1970) and its sequels, The Towering Inferno (1974), and Earthquake (1974). A sequel called Beyond the Poseidon Adventure had an equally star-studded cast, but was a box-office and critical failure. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A disaster film is a film that has an impending or ongoing disaster (e. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster movie adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Earthquake is the title of a blockbuster 1974 film that was among several successful so-called disaster movies of the 1970s that places an all-star cast in life and death situations. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1979 Sequel to The Poseidon Adventure that follows a salvage crew and a band of terrorists that board the Poseidon looking for gold and a lost shipment of plutonium. ...

Contents


Primary cast

Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Ernest Borgnine shows off his new Chief Petty Officer cover at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C on October 15, 2004 Ernest Borgnine (born January 24, 1917) is an American actor. ... Red Buttons Red Buttons (February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was the stage name of American comedian and actor Aaron Chwatt. ... Carol Lynley (born Carole Ann Jones on February 13, 1942 in New York City, New York) is an American actress. ... McDowall as a child actor Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was a British actor. ... Stella Stevens ( born October 1, 1936 ) is an actress. ... This article is about the actress. ... Jonathan Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 - November 25, 1981) was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. ... Pamela Sue Martin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Arthur OConnell ( March 29, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an American actor. ... Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has portrayed the character of Frank Drebin in three feature films and a television series. ...

Plot summary

The general premise of the film follows that of the book.


On New Year's Eve, passengers aboard the S.S. Poseidon are faced with almost certain death as their immense 81,000 ton passenger liner is struck by a large wave, turns upside down and begins to sink. Survivors include the ships Purser, a renegade preacher Frank Scott (Hackman), NYPD Detective Mike Rogo (Borgnine) and his ex-prostitute wife (Stevens), two young educated children Susan (Sue Martin) and Robin Shelby (Shea), an injured waiter named Acres (McDowall), the old and obese Mrs. Belle Rosen (Winters), coming along with her weak and equally elder husband Manny (Albertson), quiet haberdasher James Martin (Buttons), and Nonnie (Lynley), the liner's sole surviving performer. Starting from the upper deck dining room, Scott leads the small group of the ten often unwilling followers towards the bottom of the ship while trying to avoid the rising water level and other such hazards. These dangers include the flash-fired kitchen, an inverted staircase, in addition to the ships gigantic flooding air shaft and a hellish engine room while encountering still more survivors, led by the ship's medic. New Years Eve is a celebration held the day before New Years Day, on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year. ...


En route, several perish (Acres the steward, Belle Rosen, Linda Rogo and Scott himself, in that order). However, they eventually reach the propeller shaft, where outside rescuers cut through the hull to extract them. The preacher gives his life to save others, and those who followed him are informed that they were the only survivors.


Taglines:

  • Hell, upside down.
  • At midnight on New Year's Eve the S.S.Poseidon was struck by a 90 foot tidal wave and capsized.
  • Who will survive-in one of the greatest escape adventures ever!
  • Combining the talents of fifteen Academy Award Winners.

In Popular Culture

A Pokémon episode was based on the events of this movie. An SNES game called S.O.S., or Septentrion in Japan, has a largely similar plot, although some of the specifics vary. The Pok̩mon , Pocket Monsters) anime metaseries, based on the video game series, was created in Japan and then translated for the North American television market. ...


A recent episode of The Simpsons (The Wettest Stories Ever Told) also parodied the film, even including a spoof of "The Morning After" foreshadowing the destruction of the ship, the S.S. Neptune. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox network. ... The Wettest Stories Ever Told is an episode of The Simpsons that aired on April 23, 2006. ... The Morning After is an album by the J. Geils Band. ...


The film is parodied in the Seinfeld episode "The Puerto Rican Day Parade", where Elaine accompanies a ragtag group that includes a priest under stadium bleachers in an attempt to escape the parade. Seinfeld was an American television situation comedy set in New York City that ran from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. ... The Puerto Rican Day Parade (also known as the National Puerto Rican Day Parade) takes place yearly across the United States. ...


An episode of The Drew Carey Show involves the character of Oswald repaying all those who loaned him money through the years. On Oswald's list, Drew reads off "Borrowed $6 to see The Poseidon Adventure." The Drew Carey Show was a popular American sitcom starring Drew Carey, set in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


The band Killdozer's song Man Vs Nature pays satirical homage to the film as well as The Towering Inferno and Earthquake (the last erroneously identified as an Irwin Allen production.) The lyrics of the first verse begin On my screen a ship was sinking/it seemed so real but it was just a movie/made by Irwin Allen (my what a relief). Killdozer was the name of a band formed in 1984, with members Bill Hobson, Dan Hobson and Michael Gerald. ... The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster movie adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. ... Earthquake is the title of a blockbuster 1974 film that was among several successful so-called disaster films of the 1970s that places an all-star cast in life and death situations. ...


The TV show 'Sunset Beach' (1997-2000) borrowed large chunks of the plot for it's 'shockwave' storyline. This had around half of the cast boarding a cruise liner which was turned upside down by a giant wave. Like in the movie, Sunset Beach's characters had to make their way to the bottom of the boat (which was at the top) and cut their way through.


Awards

Awards wins

1952 British Ralph Richardson for his part in The Sound Barrier Foreign Marlon Brando for his part in Viva Zapata! 1953 British John Gielgud for his part in Julius Caesar Foreign Marlon Brando for his part in Julius Caesar 1954 British Kenneth More for his part in Doctor in the... Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Al Kasha (b 22 January 1937) is a Brooklyn–born multi-talented composer, songwriter and arranger, as well as businessman. ... Joel Hirschhorn, (December 18, 1938 – September 18, 2005), was a Jewish-American songwriter. ... The Morning After was an Academy Award-winning song, first released in early 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... Lenwood Ballard Bill Abbott, also known as L.B.Abbott (13 June 1908, Pasadena, California - 28 September 1985, Los Angeles) was a special effects expert, cinematographer and cameraman. ...

Award nominations

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... This article is about the actress. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Al Kasha (b 22 January 1937) is a Brooklyn–born multi-talented composer, songwriter and arranger, as well as businessman. ... Joel Hirschhorn, (December 18, 1938 – September 18, 2005), was a Jewish-American songwriter. ... The Morning After is an album by the J. Geils Band. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ...

See also

RMS Titanic was an Olympic class passenger liner that became infamous for its collision with an iceberg and dramatic sinking in 1912. ... RMS Mauretania, the Lusitanias sister ship. ... SS Andrea Doria listing in the morning after the collision in the Atlantic Ocean, July 26, 1956. ... The Poseidon Adventure is a 2005 action and adventure film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ... 1979 Sequel to The Poseidon Adventure that follows a salvage crew and a band of terrorists that board the Poseidon looking for gold and a lost shipment of plutonium. ... Poseidon is a movie remake of the classic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, based on the novel by Paul Gallico. ...

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