Review: ‘The Poseidon Adventure’

The Poseidon Adventure is a highly imaginative and lustily-produced meller that socks over the dramatic struggle of 10 passengers to save themselves after an ocean liner capsizes when struck by a mammoth tidal wave created by a submarine earthquake.

The Poseidon Adventure is a highly imaginative and lustily-produced meller that socks over the dramatic struggle of 10 passengers to save themselves after an ocean liner capsizes when struck by a mammoth tidal wave created by a submarine earthquake.

It is a case of everything being upside down; in this reversed world of twisted ruin the principals’ goal is the vessel’s bottom where to break through may be some hope of survival.

The adaptation of the Paul Gallico novel plays up the tragic situation with a set of values which permits powerful action and building tension.

Chief protagonist is played by Gene Hackman, as a free-talking minister who keeps his cool and assumes leadership of the small group.

1972: Best Song (‘The Morning After’), Honorary Award (special visual effects).

Nominations: Best Supp. Actress (Shelley Winters), Cinematography, Costume Design, Art Direction, Editing, Original Score, Sound

The Poseidon Adventure

Production

Kent/20th Century-Fox. Director Ronald Neame; Producer Irwin Allen; Screenplay Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes; Camera Harold E. Stine; Editor Harold F. Kress; Music John Williams; Art Director William Creber

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 117 MIN.

With

Gene Hackman Ernest Borgnine Red Buttons Carol Lynley Roddy McDowall Stella Stevens
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