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The Poseidon Adventure

Gene Hackman  Actor Ernest Borgnine  Actor Red Buttons  Actor Carol Lynley  Actor Roddy McDowall  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Mild Violence,Suitable for Children,Adult Language

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The Poseidon Adventure

UPC: 024543231653

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Mild Violence, Suitable for Children, Adult Language]

Summary: The Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queens Elizabeth and Mary combined, is charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Adventure

Awards: Best Actor – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture - Drama – null Best Supporting Actress – null Best Original Score – null Best Original Song – null Best Original Song – null Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: cc All-new audio commentary by director Ronald Neame
All-new full-length audio commentary by stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley
Interactive "Follow the Escape" feature: Access 3-D views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film
Nine all-new featurettes: "The Cast Looks Back," "Falling Up With Ernie," "The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant," "The Heroes of the Poseidon," "The Morning After Story," "The R.M.S. Queen Mary," "Sinking Corridor," "Generations of Fans," and "Turning Over the Ship"
AMC Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure
Storyboard-to-film comparisons
Interactive article from American Cinematographer
Still photo galleries (marketing, publicity, behind-the-scenes)
Original teaser, trailer, and more

The Poseidon Adventure

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/09/2006

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 117 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- The Poseidon Adventure
1. Main Titles
2. A Rough Night
3. Mr. Martin, The Rosens, and a Renegade Reverend
4. Going About Their Business
5. The Guest Sermon
6. New Year's Eve
7. Pending Doom
8. Mayday!
9. Aftermath
10. Climbing Towards the Rest of the World
11. Some Will Stay, Some Will Go
12. The Views of Two Holy Men
13. The Fire Door
14. Up to Broadway
15. Ducts and Ladders
16. Dissension
17. Searching for the Engine Room
18. Gathering Supplies and Rescuing Robin
19. Mrs. Rosen's Brave Goodbye
20. Must Keep Moving
21. Losing Linda
22. A Conversation With God
23. Survival for Six
24. Rescued/End Titles

Brendon Hanley

The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first and best specimens of the disaster movie genre of the 1970s. The hallmarks of the genre are in full form: huge sets, a big budget, a star-studded ensemble cast, and a silly premise. Gene Hackman injects a renegade zeal into his role as the savior preacher; ironically, Hackman's other films during this era (The French Connection, Prime Cut) tended toward the violent and progressive. The action sequences involving the upside-down luxury liner are well-made, though, for many viewers, the primitive special effects make Poseidon a campy curiosity. Produced by Irwin Allen, the film was better received by audiences and critics than the original disaster flick, 1971's Airport. The Poseidon Adventure was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Song ("The Morning After") and an honorary award for visual effects. ~ Brendon Hanley, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Irwin Allen  Producer 
Wendell Mayes  Screenwriter 
Ronald Neame  Director 
Stirling Silliphant  Screenwriter 
John Williams  Composer (Music Score) 
Gene Hackman  Actor 
Ernest Borgnine  Actor 
Red Buttons  Actor 
Carol Lynley  Actor 
Roddy McDowall  Actor 
Stella Stevens  Actor 
Leslie Nielsen  Actor 
David Sharpe  Actor 
Erik Nelson  Actor 
Bob Hastings  Actor 
Shelley Winters  Actor 
Jack Albertson  Actor 
Pamela Sue Martin  Actor 
Arthur O'Connell  Actor 
Eric Shea  Actor 
Fred Sadoff  Actor 
Sheila Mathews  Actor 
Jan Arvan  Actor 
Byron Webster  Actor 
John Crawford  Actor 

Country: USA