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The Poseidon Adventure

1972 film directed by Ronald Neame

The Poseidon Adventure

Released 13 December 1972 (50 years, 2 months ago)

Director Ronald Neame
Duration 112 minutes
Genre action film, thriller film, disaster film, film adaptation and drama film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Academy Award for Best Production Design, Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Composer John Williams
Production company 20th Century Fox
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Stirling Silliphanta, Wendell Mayes and Paul Gallico
Producer Irwin Allen

About The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American disaster film directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's eponymous 1969 novel. It features an ensemble cast, including five Academy Award winners: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons. Parts of the movie were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary. The plot centers on the fictional SS Poseidon, an aged luxury liner on her final voyage from New York City to Athens before being sent to the scrapyard. On New Year's Eve, she is overturned by a Tsunami. Passengers and crew are trapped inside, and a rebellious preacher attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety. It is in the vein of other all-star disaster films of the early-mid 1970s such as Airport (1970), Earthquake (1974), and The Towering Inferno (1974). By the end of 1974, it was regarded as a widely successful film. The film won two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award. A 1979 sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, was also based on a novel by Gallico but was a commercial and critical failure.