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Poseidon Adventure, The (TCF 1972, Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine)



The Poseidon Adventure is the granddaddy of disaster flicks. When an earthquake sends a tidal wave over a luxury liner on New Year’s Eve, the top-heavy vessel capsizes. Ten survivors journey through the ship to escape; worthwhile simply to see Shelley Winters squeezing through air shafts, and the toppling a Christmas tree. It spawned a terrible sequel, ‘Beyond the Poseidon Adventure’, along with countless imitators.

Filming of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ was halted twice, due to prohibitive costs, and only resumed after producer Irwin Allen and private investors agreed to match 20th Century Fox’s budget.

Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Actress: Shelley Winters.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 117 minutes | 1972

Director: Ronald Neame
Script: Wendell Mayes, Paul Gallico, Stirling Silliphant,

Red Buttons as James Martin
Shelley Winters as Belle Rosen
Gene Hackman as Reverand Scott
Leslie Nielsen as Captain Harrison
Roddy McDowall as Acres
John Crawford as Chief Engineer
Arthur O’Connell as Chaplain
Ernest Borgnine as Mike Rogo
Carol Lynley as Nonnie Parry
Stella Stevens as Linda Rogo
Jack Albertson as Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin as Susan Shelby
Eric Shea as Robin Shelby
Fred Sadoff as Mr. Linarcos
Roseann Williams as Woman (uncredited)
Sheila Allen as Nurse
Jan Arvan as Doctor
Byron Webster as Purser
Bob Hastings as M. C.
Erik L. Nelson as Mr. Tinkham
Charles Bateman as First Officer Larsen