The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Poseidon Adventure1972

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)




Critic Consensus: The Poseidon Adventure exemplifies the disaster film done right, going down smoothly with ratcheting tension and a terrific ensemble to give the peril a distressingly human dimension.

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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

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Gene Hackman
as Frank Scott
Shelley Winters
as Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson
as Manny Rosen
Red Buttons
as James Martin
Carol Lynley
as Nonnie Parry
Stella Stevens
as Linda Rogo
Leslie Nielsen
as Ship's Captain
Pamela Sue Martin
as Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell
as Ship's Chaplain
Eric Shea
as Robin Shelby
Fred Sadoff
as Linarcos
Sheila Mathews
as Ship's Nurse
Jan Arvan
as Dr. Caravello
John Crawford
as Chief Engineer
Bob Hastings
as Master of Ceremonies
David Sharpe
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for The Poseidon Adventure

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (1)

The Poseidon Adventure is the kind of movie you know is going to be awful, and yet somehow you gotta see it, right?

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Titanic without the smarm.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Classic of disaster movie genre with memorable cast.

July 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

"timo filme-catástrofe que, além do habitual elenco estelar e da excepcional direção de arte, conta com tensas seqüências de ação.

June 22, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first disaster flicks and it arguably remains the best.

May 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What the glittering, star-driving survivalism of Poseidon Adventure actually presents is a nightmarishly schematic fantasia of guiltless discomfort.

May 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Poseidon Adventure


It is irritating that nearly every female character is shown as weak or hysterical, but this is an entertaining disaster movie that can be quite tense sometimes and has a superb production design, nice action scenes and a great cast made up of mostly Oscar-winning actors.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


While the "disaster flick" moniker certainly applies, here is actually a pretty good adventure tale of escape as a old luxury liner capsizes, forcing an intrepid few to attempt their own rescue through the ravaged remains of the topsy turvy steel boat. A guilty pleasure!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Incredible, i saw this movie at a screening in Chicago, where three of the actors from the movie were there, Stella Stevens, Ernest borgenine, and someone else but i dont remember her name. I wasn't expecting much from this movie but i was blown away by how spectacular it was. It was very realistic, the drama was so human, that it was spectacular. The actors all played fantastic roles, and the movie really had guts to kill off 5 main characters. Plus when one of them dies, the husband of said dead person (played by grandpa joe from willy wonka) said her name and weeped over her body i burst into tears, and i did that several times in this movie. And i liked it better than titanic for two reasons, one it has more main characters that you like so much that you don't want them to die, and two i personally think that it was better because of how it got straight to the punch, and not have to wait for 2 hours just waiting for the iceberg to hit, because like 20 minutes in it just smacks you with the ship turning over by an unexpected tidal wave after an earthquake. It shows how these 13 people (about 100 didnt go with) have to struggle with each other in order to get out of the ship and find safety, and you latch on to each of the characters as the movie progresses.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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