Post by John Predgen on Aug 15, 2014 20:28:47 GMT -5
I saw this a few nights ago. and the sets did look a little econo, compared to all the special effects today. But I give it a solid 9 out of 10 stars. Ernest Borgnine was excellent, what an actor. And Leslie Nielsen as the captain. Along with Gene Hackman. Really, much better that the redo.
Post by lakewoodmatt on Oct 20, 2014 17:53:48 GMT -5
Believe it or don't, "The Poseidon Adventure" is the very first movie I remember going to see with my family. I must have been all of 7 years old when it came out. Among the countless disaster flicks that dominated the 70's, "Poseidon" remains the granddaddy of 'em all, establishing the blueprint of how disaster films would be produced throughout the decade.
It's easy to see Irwin Allen's style in this film, and indeed, much of what was created in "Lost In Space" is evident here: people in trouble in a fantastic way, a selfless leader (Hackman's "Reverend Scott", William's "John Robinson") a cantankerous pain in the ass (Borgnine's "Rogo", Jonathon's "Dr. Smith",) and even a precocious kid (the "Robin" character as opposed to "Will Robinson").
It's small wonder that Irwin Allen found his niche in Hollywood films. So much of his television work cried out for big screen venues.
I always liked the film. It was my number two ''all-time'' favorite until I saw many more. Still in my top 60. And I believe it's one of the extreme few films (if not the only film) to be run prime-time on all three existing major TV networks over the course of several years.
Saw both THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE in 1972 and THE TOWERING INFERNO in 1974 with my family (at the drive-in and the theater, respectively)and both are among my favorites. The big disaster movie with the all-star cast was such a huge part of the Seventies movies and I'm glad I was able to experience them first-hand at the theater.
I'm not at all up on current movies and actors; how many big stars are there in Hollywood? Is it even possible to have an all-star cast in a movie nowadays?
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Waaaayyyyy back in the day,when I had my Irwin Allen Science Fiction Association,20th Century Fox sent me an ad for Poseidon Adventure pin on Buttons,forgot how much they cost but they were real nice and I sent them out to club members.I think they were white with a blue life ring.The amount was a gross-way too many.The added costs of sending these out to members had a lot to do with disbanding the club.These weren't giveaways either,I had to pay for them.