Movie Review – ‘The Poseidon Adventure’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’ve seen the 1972 film ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ on Disney+ This is an intense disaster film which I enjoyed watching. It’s astonishing a disaster movie like this was made in the 1970s. It makes you think how a film like this compares to today’s standards. Many have claimed that this is a classic film.

I’m pretty sure Russell T. Davies was inspired by this film to write the ‘Doctor Who’ 2017 Christmas Special called ‘Voyage of the Damned’. This is especially when the film is set on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day; the Poseidon ship topples over; and our characters attempt to escape the sinking ship. 🙂

The luxury liner Poseidon is on her final voyage from New York City to Athens. Unfortunately during the New Year celebrations, the ship is overturned by a tsunami. Passengers and crew are trapped inside the ship and a preacher attempts to lead a small group of survivors in order to get to safety. 🙂

Another intriguing parallel between the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Voyage of the Damned’ and this film is that some of the main characters get killed off when trying to escape the sinking ship. It makes for high intense drama. There are also certain moments where the characters have a chance to develop.

I do think the film should have been called ‘The Poseidon Incident’ instead of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’. Considering it’s a disaster film, there’s less thrills of an adventure when your life is endangered and a ship is about to sink into the ocean. I’d be really terrified if I were in that situation.

Interestingly, this film got a sequel called ‘Beyond the Poseidon Adventure’. The film itself is based on the 1969 book of the same name by Paul Gallico. The film was also produced by Irwin Allen, who produced TV shows such as ‘Lost In Space’, ‘The Time Tunnel’ and ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’.

There was a TV remake in 2005 and a cinematic remake called ‘Poseidon’ with Kurt Russell in 2006, but I’ve not seen those yet. Amazingly, this film features a stellar cast of actors who I’ve seen in other things. I was delighted to see the cast of actors when watching them in this dramatic disaster movie.

Gene Hackman stars as Reverend Frank Scott, the preacher who leads a number of survivors to get off the Poseidon ship. Gene Hackman is well-known for playing Lex Luthor in the ‘Superman’ films with Christopher Reeve. It was good to see him in this and interesting to see him play a sort-of hero.

There’s Ernest Borgnine as Detective Lieutenant Mike Rogo, who questions Frank Scott’s leadership. Red Buttons (who I’ve seen in 1977’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’) stars as James Martin. I liked his scenes with Carol Lynley as Nonnie Parry the singer who became scared when they had to overcome obstacles. 🙂

Roddy McDowall stars as Acres, an injured waiter, and Stella Stevens stars as Linda Rogo, Mike Rogo’s wife. Shelley Winters (who I’ve seen in ‘Winchester ’73’, 1977’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series) stars as Belle Rosen, who gets to save Frank Scott’s life from drowning. 😀

Jack Albertson (who I’ve seen as Grandpa Joe in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’) stars as Manny Rosen, Belle’s husband in the film. There’s also Pamela Sue Martin as Susan Shelby (who I think fancies Frank Scott in this) and there’s Eric Shea as Robin Shelby, Susan’s brother in the film. 😀

The film also has Arthur O’Connell as Chaplain John and Leslie Nielsen as Captain Harrison. There’s also Fred Sadoff as Lincarcos, Bryon Webster as Purser, Jan Arvan as Dr. Caravello, Shelia Mathews as the nurse, John Crawford as the chief engineer, Bob Hastings as M.C. and Erik Nelson as Tinkham.

‘The Poseidon Adventure’ has been an enjoyable film to watch lately. It’s tragic that not all the characters you expect to survive in the film survive. Then again, I was expecting that since this is a disaster film. It seems to have been well-put together with good writing, performances and drama. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘The Poseidon Adventure’

  1. Timelord 007

    One of my favourite disaster movies alongside The Towering Inferno, great cast, tense, dramatic & suspenseful.

    Brilliant review as always Tim, i remember watching this film with my nan at Christmas with our tin of biscuits in late 80’s of course i seen it many times since but always remember that particular viewing.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘The Poseidon Adventure’. I’ve yet to see ‘The Towering Inferno’, though I have heard a few things said about it. I notice that Fred Astaire is in the film. Wow! 😀

      Thanks for sharing your memories of watching ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ with your nan one Christmas time in the late 1980s. I’m glad this film brings back happy memories for you.

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Tim. 🙂

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