The Poseidon Adventure

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The Poseidon Adventure was a 1972 adventure movie based on a novel by Paul Gallico.

It won the Academy Award for Best Song for "The Morning After" which also became a hit single for Maureen McGovern.

The plot centered around the S.S. Poseidon, a luxury liner from the golden age of travel, on its final voyage before the scrapyard. On New Year's Eve, it is overturned by a wave caused by an earthquake, trapping all inside. A renegade priest attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety.

Parts of the movie were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary.

A huge box office success, it was the top grossing film of 1973. The success of this film led to other all-star disaster films in the seventies, such as The Towering Inferno (1974) and Earthquake (1974). A sequel called Beyond the Poseidon Adventure had an equally star-studded cast, but was a box-office and critical failure.

The film is currently being remade by two different efforts. One remake, directed by John Hutch, is being released in 2005 as a made-for-TV two-part miniseries, and will be retooled with the ship capsizing due to a terrorist act, though many of the characters will remain the same. A second is scheduled to be released in theatres in 2006, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and will more or less be true to the original, with a tsunami capsizing the ship, though with different character names.


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The general premise of the film follows that of the book.

On New Year's Eve, passengers aboard the S.S. Poseidon are faced with almost certain death as their immense 81,000 ton passenger liner capsizes and begins to sink. Trapped in the hull of the ship, a preacher, Frank Scott (Hackman), led a small group of often unwilling followers towards the bottom of the ship, trying to avoid the rising water level, and other such harzards.

En route, several perish, including Frank Scott himself. However, they eventually reach the propeller shaft, where outside rescuers cut through the hull to extract them. They are informed that they were the only survivors.


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