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Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued thatTitanicowes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song,The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fatedPoseidonand ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterloggedGrand Hotel" (in the words ofNew Yorkerfilm critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless.The Poseidon Adventureis filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse inNight of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more?--Jeff Shannon
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CastGene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Carol Lynley, Red Buttons
DirectorIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame
Screen WriterWendell Mayes, Paul Gallico, Stirling Silliphant
DVD Release Date:  May 9, 2006
Runtime:  117 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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How often have you run into someone who feels that a film adaptation of a novel is never as good as the novel itself? It certainly can be annoying, especially if all you want to do is lose yourself in visual splendor. But I'm afraid I have to side with the literary aficionados in the case of "The Poseidon Adventure," a well intentioned disaster flick that delivers plenty of action but skimps on deep, meaningful emotion, a quality that made Paul Gallico's original novel such a fascinating read. What …
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