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Still shot from the movie: The Poseidon Adventure.

The Poseidon Adventure

After a cruise ship named the Poseidon capsizes because of a tidal wave, a small group of survivors lead by a rebellious preacher (Gene Hackman), climb their way up to the bottom of the boat in the hopes of being rescued. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 12 Dec 1972
Video Release: 03 Apr 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is The Poseidon Adventure Rated PG?


The characters in this film are faced with constant perilous situations. When the ship overturns, many people fall to their death and/or are crushed by debris. Later, victims of drowning and death by fire are shown. These depictions are frequent and sometimes gruesome. The next biggest content issue is the large number of mild and moderate profanities and terms of deity used in the script. One woman alludes to her work as a prostitute before her wedding. When the women in the survivor party begin their climb to the bottom of the ship, they remove their evening gowns, leaving a couple of them in very short shorts, and another wearing only a borrowed shirt and her panties. Women’s underwear is sometimes seen when they are climbing or swimming. A seasick woman (who’s bear shoulders are shown above the bed sheets) discusses medication. Alcoholic beverages are used to toast the New Year. A character is shown smoking.

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