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The Poseidon Adventure


Dec 12, 1972

Latest Home Video

Apr 03, 2012

MPAA Rating



Ronald Neame


Gene Hackman
Ernest Borgnine
Shelley Winters


1972 Twentieth Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: The Poseidon Adventure.

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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.

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Why Is The Poseidon Adventure Rated PG?

The Poseidon Adventure is rated PG

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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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A group of survivors face peril on the ocean when their ship sinks and they are forced to take refuge in a Lifeboat. Another captain tries to keep his boat afloat when he faces The Perfect Storm. Poseidon (2006) is a remake of this deep-sea disaster movie.

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Blu-ray Notes: The Poseidon Adventure

Release Date: 3 April 2012

The Poseidon Adventure releases on Blu-ray, and is available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart.

DVD Release Date: 9 May 2006

The Poseidon Adventure comes to DVD as a 2-disc set with a boatload of special features, such as a commentary by director Ronald Neame, and another by actors Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley. There are also a number of featurettes (The Cast Looks Back, Falling Up with Ernie, The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant, The Heroes of The Poseidon, The Morning After Story, The R.M.S. Queen Mary, Sinking Corridor, Generations of Fans, Turning Over the Ship and the AMC Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure), as well as one that is interactive (Follow The Escape). The secrets of filmmaking are revealed in a film-to-storyboard comparison of the scenes: Ship Capsized, Up The Vertical Shaft, and Saving Reverend Scott. Other promotional and marketing tidbits are also included. The film is presented with audio tracks in English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0) and French (Dolby Digital 1.0), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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