The Poseidon Adventure

Synopsis: A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive.
Director(s): Ronald Neame
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

-. . .but you get off your knees.

-Somewhat unorthodox, Reverend Scott.

But realistic.

John, the church is

for more than prayer.

With those sermons, it's a wonder

you're still ordained.

-Or are you?

-The best kind.

Angry, rebellious,

critical, a renegade. . .

. . .stripped of most of my

so-called clerical powers.

But l'm still in business.

-You seem to enjoy the punishment.


The church has blessed me.

Banished to a new country in Africa.

Hell, l had to look it up on a map.

My bishop doesn't know, but he's

given me exactly what l wanted:

Elbow room. Freedom!

Real freedom. Freedom to dump

all the rules and all the trappings.

And freedom to discover God

in my own way.

l'd better be going.

l'll see you later.


Still want me to give

that sermon this afternoon?

Well, one thing's for sure:

Nobody will sleep through it.

The weather report, sir.

''Weather moderate to the southeast.

Barometer 1 01 6 millibars.

Smooth seas, clear skies. '' Good.

Keep her on slow,

start taking on ballast.

Aye, sir.

Full ahead, captain.

As l've told you, we don't have

enough ballast yet to run full ahead.

l suggest we talk privately.

Linus, start taking on ballast.

l did not suggest full ahead, captain.

As the new owner's representative. . .

-. . .l ordered it.

-Damn it, man. . .

. . .the Poseidon is too fine a lady

to be rushed to the junkyard.

We're three days behind schedule and

it's costing thousands of dollars. . .

. . .to maintain a wrecking crew.

We dock Monday!

l can't gamble with

my passengers' lives!

Your business is to deliver this ship

when and where we want it.

An unstable ship at full ahead is

dangerous. Especially one this old.

l'm sure l don't have to remind you

of my right to relieve your command.

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Paul Gallico

Paul William Gallico (July 26, 1897 – July 15, 1976) was an American novelist, short story and sports writer. Many of his works were adapted for motion pictures. He is perhaps best remembered for The Snow Goose, his only real critical success, and for the novel The Poseidon Adventure, primarily through the 1972 film adaptation. more…

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