Dangerous and suspenseful situations highlight character studies of ten survivors who struggle to escape from an ocean liner capsized by a huge tidal wave. This one started the disaster film craze of the 1970's, and was the most successful.
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. Terrible sequel: "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure." Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Actress--Shelley Winters. Academy Awards: Best Song ("The Morning After").
It's New Year's Eve and the luxury ocean liner Poseidon is on a magnificent voyage from New York to Athens. Unfortunately, disaster befalls passengers and crew when the cruise ship is capsized by a huge tidal wave brought on by a submarine-induced earthquake. Though the casualties are many, 10 passengers survive to make a harrowing journey up to the overturned ship's bottom where they try and escape to safety.
"Winters won an Oscar nomination for pulling off the best moment in the best disaster flick ever." 06/04/2004 p.34
New York Times
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE has aged surprisingly well....The film's classical narrative contours come into sharper focus..." 05/09/2006 p.E3
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t digs in the hooks and won't let go..." 07/01/2006 p.127
Harold Stine, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Shelley Winters, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1973)
Shelley Winters, Winner, Best Supporting Actress
This is a wonderful formula. I love it. "The Poseidon Adventure" is the kind of movie you know is going to be awful, and yet somehow you gotta see it, right? They ought to be honest in the ads: Cornier than "Airport"! More cliches than "Grand Hotel"! The most character actors in small roles since "Flight of the Phoenix"! Bigger ups and downs than the elevator in "Hotel"!
Now you've done it; high concept disaster movies, especially those of Irwin Allen, are one of the chinks in my critical armor. Just can't watch them enough.