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Poseidon Adventure


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  Poseidon Adventure Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
5.50 /10
 
Starring
Shelley Winters , Gene Hackman , Ernest Borgnine
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Directed by: Ronald Neame
Written by: Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes from Paul Gallico's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1972
   
Genre: DISASTER
SO BAD
THRILLER
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 117
 
 


 
An ocean liner turns upside down, trapping some passengers.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Ludicrous but likeable, this is one of the most enjoyably bad disaster films. You know the ship's going to be in trouble, as soon as you see that Leslie Nielsen is the captain. Neame directs with his usual dullness, and as though he hasn't a clue that the script is full of cliches. The movie contains a commendably straight-faced performance by Gene Hackman. Shelley Winters was inexplicably Oscar-nominated for a performance which can only be described as wildly camp. The song "The Morning After" won an Oscar. John Williams's score was more deservedly nominated, as was Harold Stine's cinematography.

Sample line... Preacher (Gene Hackman) addressing God: "What more do you want of us? How much more blood? How many more lives?"


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