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

-Engine room, chief still there?

-Yes, sir.

-lt's the captain, put him on.

-Aye, aye, sir.

-Are you making contact?

-Yeah, l'm making contact.

Chief, the captain wants

you on the phone.

Chief here, go ahead.

What's going on? Anything more

you can do with the stabilizers?

There's nothing wrong

with the stabilizers.

Besides, my hands are full

with this pump!

You know what the trouble is.

lt's that bastard Linarcos.

Care to repeat yourself?

He's standing right here.

Good, I hope he heard me!

All right, Joe, do the best you can

until we clear this weather.

-Where the devil did you come from?

-From my cabin, sir.

Don't you realize it's

dangerous out there?

You said come up anytime.

Robin Shelby. . .

. . .remember?

You picked a particularly

fascinating moment to come here.

The waves don't bother you?

l've surfed up to 1 8 feet.

-But these look more like 30.

-Thirty-five to be exact.

Some get up to 300.

-l find 60 about maximum. Steady up.

-Steady up, sir.

-Bring her up.

-Bring her up, sir.

Hang on!

-All lifelines rigged?

-All except C deck, sir.

When l order all lifelines rigged

it includes C deck. See to it.

Wow, surf's really up.

-Master Shelby.

-Yes, sir?

We'll continue our discussion

another time. Fair enough?

Aye, aye, sir.

That last one almost

broached us, Linarcos.

l warned you. We should've

loaded extra bunkers in Gibraltar.

We are top-heavy and when

that pump is repaired. . .

. . .l am taking on more ballast.

-Where next?

-Mr. and Mrs. Rogo, M45.


-l'm Dr. Caravello. You asked for me.

All morning.

-You the only doctor on this tub?

-The only ship doctor.

What if somebody was dying?

Oh, my God, who's not dying?

Most of the passengers

are sick, Mr. Rogo.

We have to take them in rotation.

Use one of these now,

another in 8 hours. . .

. . .and remain in bed

until the sea is calm.

Hold it, hold it.

You mean we had to wait all

this time for you to come. . .

. . .and give her some pills?

And some crap about staying in bed?

How do you know she's just seasick?

Look at her!

lt could be something else.

You didn't even examine her.

Oh, shoot me, Mike.

For chrissake, just shoot me.

You see how sick she is?

l'll tell you what this is.

lt's food poisoning, that's what.

How is she gonna swallow pills

when she can't even swallow water?

They're suppositories, Mr. Rogo.

You. . .

. . .don't swallow them.

What do you do with them?

l know what to do with suppositories.

Just get them out of here!

Oh, hon. . . .

Nurse, l think we should

continue with our rounds.

l still think it's food poisoning.

Oh, shut up.

-Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Rosen.

-Good morning.

Don't fall over.

-That Martin, he's crazy.

-l like that man.

Of course you like him.

He runs on time like a train.

You and trains.

When, in my whole life,

did l ever run for a train?

Who cried for a week when

they tore down the 3rd Avenue El?


He's lonely.

That's why he runs,

so you won't notice.

Says here there's a package

tour to the mountain. . .

. . .where Moses received

the Ten Commandments.


When we finally get to lsrael,

we're gonna stay put, no traveling.

We're gonna get to know our grandson.

Just think, he's 2 years old already.

He's talking.

We've never even seen him.

Get down on your knees

and pray to God for help. . .

. . .and then maybe everything

will work out?


Not where l come from.

You could wear off your knees praying

to God for heat in February.

And icicles would grow

from your upraised palms.

lf you're freezing,

you burn the furniture. . .

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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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