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The Poseidon Adventure
- Michael Whitty
One big disaster film that almost didn't get made but thanks to some clever arm-tugging did get made. The good luxury liner Poseidon is on its last trip through the Mediteraneon sea when a 90 foot tidal wave capsizes it and turns it upside down. Those that are alive are left to go from the top to the bottom of the ship to get out. Gene Hackman, a minister, leads the way as we later see different passengers not be able to make out. Producer Irwin Allen, who produced other disaster-formula films, went on to make a bigger hit with "The Towering Inferno" later. Allen, who produced several TV shows in the 60s with characters in trouble and having to find ways of getting out, was a "master of disaster" showing people that "you're never dead until you're dead".
Its a disaster.
My bias toward "disaster films limits my ability to give this film any more than one star, although some would receive D a higher rating. So many stars, some going up, and some at the ends of their careers, tons of money for special effects, and the ratings of those who like these types of films, their is no plot except self preservation. The characters are all caricatures. In particular the "rock" band with Carol Lynley is so bad, there is not doubt they didn't pay a real voice. I saw it in the theaters, with a group who liked it. I started watching it at home with someone who wanted to see it. Fortunately, I could claim I had something to do, and did it without suffering through the "disaster".
The Poseidon Adventure
Along with "The Towering Inferno," this is one of the best Disaster films of the '70's. A group of survivors try to survive after their luxury liner is capsized; Hackman won a BAFTA and Winters won a Golden Globe. Won Oscars for it's Special effects and for the song, "The Morning After;" now dated, but still compelling. Campy, but entertaining. I give it a 4/5.
The Greatest Disaster Film of ALL Time!
This movie is thee BEST disaster movie of ALL time! The storyline, the cast, the special effects are all fantastic! This movie is a must in anyone's film collection. Love Shelley Winter's performance! All in all, this film is one of my top five all time favorite movies! I watch it every New Year's Eve while I'm getting ready to go out and fiesta!