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->'''Linda Rogo''': So that's the cat this ship is named after, huh?
->'''Captain Harrison''': That's right, Mrs. Rogo. The Greek god [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Poseidon]]. God of storms, tempests, earthquakes and other miscellaneous natural disasters. Quite an ill-tempered fellow.

A 1969 novel by Paul Gallico, ''The Poseidon Adventure'' is better known for its 1972 film adaptation produced and co-directed by Creator/IrwinAllen and starring an AllStarCast (and the ''Queen Mary''). It's one of the key entries in the DisasterMovie genre of TheSeventies.

On [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve]], the passengers and crew aboard the aging ocean liner SS ''Poseidon'' party without a care in the world as the ship, which is on her final voyage en route to the scrapyard, sails on across the Mediterranean Sea. Already behind schedule, the new owner's representative overrides the objections of the captain and refuses to let the ship slow to take on ballast to help her ride out some bad weather. Meanwhile, an undersea earthquake strikes near Crete and creates a [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom massive rogue wave]]. When the wave hits the ''Poseidon'', she capsizes. Now, one lone preacher, Rev. Scott, must get a group of survivors up to the bottom. But will they make it?

A sequel, ''Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'', was made in 1979. Meanwhile, the original story was remade [[DuelingMovies twice within the course of six months around 200506]], first as a MadeForTVMovie on Creator/{{NBC}} and then as the feature film ''Film/{{Poseidon}}''; the latter production featured the ''Queen Mary II''.

Creator/GeneHackman plays a priest in the 1972 version (though [[Series/FatherTed he doesn't even say Mass]]).

!!The 1972 film features examples of:

* ActionDressRip: Some of women were wearing long gowns for the party, and have to remove them to climb out of the ballroom.
* AirVentPassageway
* AnAesop: Scott repeatedly makes the point that God helps those who help themselves, and this philosophy drives his actions through the plot. At times it reaches the point that the Aesop [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop seems to be]] "doing anything at all is always better than waiting for outside help".
* AnyoneCanDie: Of the ten people who make the journey, [[spoiler:Acres, Belle Rosen, Linda Rogo and Reverend Scott all die.]]
* AwardBaitSong: "There's got to be a morning after..."[[note]]A successful bait, in fact![[/note]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Rogo and Linda.
%%* BadassPreacher: Rev. Scott
* BedsheetLadder: Discussed, but rejected as a way of climbing out of the ballroom.
* BigSisterInstinct: Susan towards Robin.
%%* BinocularShot
* ChekhovsSkill: Earlier in the movie, Mrs. Rosen proudly boasts that in her youth, she was a champion swimmer.
* ChurchOfSaintGenericus: We're never told exactly what denomination Rev. Scott belongs to. Or, for that matter, his friend the ship's chaplain.
%%* CommanderContrarian: Rogo.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The wave hits [[NewYearHasCome immediately after the stroke of midnight ushers in the New Year]]. (This was a change from the novel, in which the ship capsizes on the day after Christmas.)
%%* {{Determinator}}: Rev. Scott.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The first half hour takes its time introducing the characters who will be important to the story.
* DisasterMovie: The TropeCodifier for the '70s-era Golden Age.
%%* DontLookDown
* DoomedContrarian: Played deadly ([[LaserGuidedKarma and immediately]]) straight with [[spoiler:the purser and the people who stay with him]]. Conspicuously averted with [[spoiler: Rogo, the most contrary member of the main group and one of the few survivors.]]
** [[spoiler: The first one is actually subverted in the novel, where the people who stayed in the ballroom are the first to be rescued]].
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Since he's the strongest survivor, Rogo is frequently asked (well, more like ''ordered'') to lift/move something or help someone, and he tends to be irritated by Rev. Scott never even saying "thank you". He finally snaps after Scott blames him for [[spoiler: Acres falling to his death, even though Rogo tried to save him]]. He actually has to be held back by the others from punching the reverend.
* DwindlingParty: We begin with all the survivors in the Ball Room plus the main cast, who decide to reach the hull before the ship sinks. The ball room is flooded, leaving all the [[RedShirt red shirts]] to die. [[spoiler:Acres is lost when he falls to his death during the climb in the air shaft.]] Next, [[spoiler:Belle]] frees a trapped Rev. Scott underwater, but dies of a heart attack immediately after. [[spoiler:Linda falls to her death from a catwalk when explosions rock the ship.]] Finally, [[spoiler:Rev. Scott sacrifices himself to shut off a steam valve]], leaving only [[spoiler:six]] survivors.
%%* EnclosedSpace
* {{Fanservice}}: Dagnabbit, those long skirts worn by Pamela Sue Martin and Stella Stevens are way too inconvenient for them to climb out of the ballroom in. Guess they'd better take them off. (Conveniently enough, the older and heftier Shelley Winters is not required to strip at all, though in fairness her dress was not as tight as theirs.)
* FightToSurvive: A very basic story in which the passengers struggle to stay alive and make it out after the ship flips over.
%%* TheFilmOfTheBook
* ForegoneConclusion: The intro blurb at the start of the film reveals that the ship is lost with only a few survivors.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The [[https://play.google.com/music/preview/T3ik35e4yawhd3ay5pgbhz72g7m lyrics]] of the song Nonnie sings at the New Year's party are very on-the-nose considering what's about to transpire.
* FullyClothedNudity: The fact that Linda is wearing "just panties" underneath her gown is discussed as if she were GoingCommando, with her husband saying she's got "nothing on under it".
** Well, she wasn't supposed to have a bra on, but the straps are visible in some shots.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** While helping lift the Christmas tree, Rogo can clearly be heard to mutter, "Holy fuck, it's heavy!" This was actually an ad-lib by Ernest Borgnine, and for some reason it was not only [[ThrowItIn left in the final cut]] but made it past the MPAA, who gave the film a PG rating. It's even left in for TV airings (although closed captioning gives the line as "Holy mackerel".)
** When Martin and Nonnie are exploring the ship's barber shop, a nude centerfold picture is visible (albeit upside down, natch) on one of the walls.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom:
-->'''Lookout:''' I never saw anything like it. An enormous wall of water coming at us.
-->'''Captain:''' ''(sees it)'' Oh, my God.
* GoodShepherd: Reverend Scott.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Belle Rosen]], who turns out to be a former WSA champ, saves a trapped Rev. Scott, but dies of a heart attack once they make it to the engine room. [[spoiler:Rev. Scott himself]] dies trying to shut off a steam valve so the rest of the group can reach the propeller shaft.
* HiddenDepths: Rogo is usually the buffoonish clown of the group... but after [[spoiler:Mrs. Rosen dies of a heart attack while saving Reverend Scott, ]] Rogo looks at [[spoiler:her dead body,]] sighs tiredly, and says, "You had a lot of guts, [[spoiler:lady.]] A lot of guts." And here the viewer is reminded that Rogo, for all his bluster, is a cop from New York City, and he's seen this sort of thing ''way'' too many times.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Linda Rogo was a hooker before her husband kept arresting her to keep her off the street. Though you have to look really hard to find that heart of gold, she really does love her husband, agrees to go with Rev. Scott almost immediately, and despite making fun of her weight earlier, visibly mourns [[spoiler:Belle Rosen's]] death.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Although Susan and Robin survive, there's no way they were the only children on the ship...]]
* InspiredBy: The author was on the RMS ''Queen Mary'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when it was hit by a rogue wave and was a degree or so from being capsized. Naturally, he was inspired by what might've happened if she DID flip.
* TheLancer: Rogo, who naturally comes into conflict with TheHero Rev. Scott.
* TheLoad: Mrs. Rosen is convinced she's going to be this, but winds up as (you should pardon the expression) a ''huge'' aversion.
** Nonnie is a somewhat of a straight example; her cowardice almost gets her killed ''several'' times and she spends a good portion frightened out of her mind. Given that she saw her brother die during the capsizing and will definitely have PTSD, it's a bit understandable but not always excusable. She also turns out to be unable to swim.
** Much of Nonnie's clueless nature is down to the timing. This is a movie made in the seventies and Nonnie is the epitome of the desperately naive, gentle hippy flower child of the time period, floating through life with an older brother to take care of her. Until he dies, she's probably never been required to make a decision for herself in her entire life. So her confusion and hopeless participation in a crisis is possibly understandable.
* LovableCoward: Nonnie. However, this is quite subjective, as her cowardice almost gets her killed a few times.
* MoodWhiplash: Mrs. Rosen, despite being an overweight woman in her fifties, gets a triumphant moment wherein she manages to swim a great distance underwater to rescue Rev. Scott -- [[spoiler:then she suffers a fatal heart attack.]]
** The movie itself starts out as a kind of ensemble comedy, and then the wave hits...
* MsFanservice: Linda Rogo. "Just panties, what else do I need?"
** Nonnie and Susan don tight-fitting [[WhoWearsShortShorts hot pants]] through most of the film.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Martin has to "motivate" Rogo to continue after [[spoiler:Rev. Scott dies]], especially since it's right after [[spoiler:Linda's death.]]
-->'''Martin:''' Are you quitting, Mr. Rogo? Are you going out with a whimper, on your belly?
-->'''Rogo:''' All right, you. That's enough!
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Martin towards Nonnie. [[spoiler:They both survive.]]
* NotNowKiddo: Rogo, repeatedly, despite Robin having a comprehensive knowledge of the ship's construction.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Linarcos, [[spoiler:who gets a well-deserved KarmicDeath when the wave first hits the ship.]]
* OhCrap: The Captain's reaction when he spots the wave heading directly at his ship.
* OlympicSwimmer: Averted-Belle *was* a champion swimmer, but that was when she was young; it's too much for her heart when she tries to swim through an underwater area on the ship. She saves Scott, but dies after.
* PantyShot: Linda Rogo many times, as she spends the 2nd half of the film wearing only a button-down shirt, and panties, [[{{Fanservice}} which get soaking wet.]] Averted with Susan, who [[ModestyShorts had shorts on under her skirt]].
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Reverend Scott has a yelling-at-God moment just before his [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]].
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The reason Rev. Scott is aboard the ''Poseidon''; as punishment for his unorthodox preaching, his church is sending him to be a missionary in "some new country" in Africa... which is actually [[{{Unishment}} just what he was hoping for]].
* {{Retirony}}: Is it any coincidence that the SS ''Poseidon'' sinks on her last voyage?
* RisingWaterRisingTension: As if the situation weren't bad enough, the survivors have to contend with the water flooding every deck behind them.
* SexyPriest: Susan, at least, is clearly ''very'' attracted to Rev. Scott. Of course, part of that is RescueRomance.
* SinkingShipScenario: May be seen as the template for film portrayals of the scenario for decades to follow.
* SkywardScream: Or rather, ''Floorward'' Scream, from Susan after [[spoiler:Rev. Scott]]'s HeroicSacrifice.
* TheSmartGuy: Robin and Acres (who is a waiter) are both very knowledgeable about the ship. Martin also counts, as it was his idea to even try to make it to the hull in the first place.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Rev. Scott, [[spoiler:just before his death.]]
* TagalongKid: Robin's somewhat a mixture of this and BrattyHalfPint. Somewhat averted in that he arguably is the one who knows the most about the ship.
* TearsOfFear: Nonnie, though it's somewhat understandable given the situation.
* TemptingFate: They think they can get an aging ocean liner across the Atlantic -- on her [[{{Retirony}} final voyage]], no less -- without a hitch? Not in Hollywood.
** The 2006 remake inverts the situation but still plays the trope straight -- the ship is brand new and is taking her [[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic maiden voyage]].
* TwiceShy: James Martin and Nonnie Parry. [[spoiler:They both survive and it is implied they get together afterwards.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Mike and Linda Rogo.
%%* VehicleTitle
* WidowWoman: [[GenderFlippedTrope Gender flipped]] with [[spoiler:Rogo and Manny, who both lose their wives]] in the span of about 20 minutes.


!!The 1979 sequel, ''Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'' provides examples of:
* TheAlcoholic: Tex.
* AndStarring: An odd variation, which is also used in Irwin Allen's ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'': "and Shirley Jones", "and Karl Malden as Wilbur."
* BaldOfEvil: Svevo (naturally, he ''is'' played by Telly Savalas).
* BigBad: Svevo.
* CoolOldGuy: Wilbur.
* DadTheVeteran: Frank.
* DeadpanSnarker: Turner, Celeste, and Wilbur.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Wilbur.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frank. Turner is no softie, either.
* TheLoad: The others think Harold is going to be this because he is blind, but he seldom causes any actual burden on the group's part.
* LovableCoward: Celeste.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Veronica Hamel's character]], who serves little purpose other than to be TheMole for Svevo and then [[spoiler:being killed off.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: Frank, who becomes suspicious of Larry simply because his daughter's dress is torn.
* PluckyComicRelief: Celeste, as ever.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Frank and Wilbur.]]
* ScreamingWoman: Celeste, very often.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Svevo, when he works with Turner's group and poses as a doctor.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Wilbur and Nurse Gina both qualify.
* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Dewey "Tex" Hopkins.


!!The 2005 TV movie of the same name features examples of:
* AndStarring: Creator/PeterWeller. Some bait to draw you in is featured in the trailer when they refer to him as "Oscar nominee Peter Weller."
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of Schmidt's group are rescued, but as Harrison points out, it's hard to celebrate saving nine people when thousands have died]].
* DeathByAdaptation: Manny Rosen died of old age before the film begins, leaving Belle a widow.
* GoodCopBadCop: Rogo, in both roles. He initially is harsh towards Badawi, then promises to help him see his family if he cooperates.
* GoodShepherd: Reverend Schmidt, who is much calmer and even-tempered then Reverend Scott in the original film.
* InTheBack: [[spoiler: Captain Gallico]] dies this way.
* {{Jerkass}}: The cruise director, who babbles about Rogo's job as Sea Marshal, does his utmost to keep everyone in the dining room when the ship is obviously sinking, and hordes painkillers for himself when they could be used on other survivors. [[spoiler: He also yanks a woman off the christmas tree as he tries to escape the flooding dining room]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: The cruise director. While he does die with everyone else in the dining room, we don't get to see it]].
* LargeHam: Acre, in his role as a vampire in Dylan's movie.
* TheLoad: Averted with Ballard. Despite having a broken arm, he's able to keep up with the survivors, [[spoiler: and manages to survive the sinking]].
* NoNameGiven: The surviving crewman with the rope (the credits list him as Kemal), and the surviving terrorist (Badawi).
* RandomSmokingScene: Schmidt and Rogo share a cigar after getting out of the air ducts.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler: Kemal]].
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: Once again, Belle suffers a heart attack after getting a guide-rope through a flooded hallway...except there was no reason for her to go in the first place, as the corridor wasn't completely flooded; anyone on the party could have done so just fine]].
* ShoutOut: Captain Paul Gallico is named after the author of the original novel.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Reverend Schmidt (while he's technically not Reverend Scott, he does fufill the same role and purpose)]].
* SuperCellReception: Rachel is able to send out a wireless e-mail from the ship's internet lounge after it's been capsized.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Badawi tries this near the end of the film. It doesn't work]].
* TemptingFate: Mrs. Rosen mentions to Martin as they climb the ladder in the air shaft that if they come out of it together, she'll be eternally grateful to him. [[spoiler:Guess who dies just moments later when Martin steps in front of an open vent and is met with a faceful of rushing water, causing him to crash into the opposite wall and plunge to his death at the bottom of the shaft.]]
* TheVoiceless: Kemal, who never says a single word.
* TokenMinority: Kemal, the only non-white member of the survivors, along with the terrorist.


!!Paul Gallico's 1969 novel, on which the above films are based, provides examples of:

* AdaptedOut: Several characters in the novel are omitted from the movie: Richard and Jane Shelby, Tony Bates, Pamela Reid, Hubie Muller (who is made into a CompositeCharacter with James Martin), Miss Kinsale, Kemal, etc.
* TheAlcoholic: Tony "The Beamer" Bates, and to a slightly lesser extent Pamela Reid.
* BelatedBackstory: As the novel progresses, many of the survivors begin to discover Reverend Scott in a new light (most of which is based on their own assumptions) involving Scott's former career as a football star and what drove him to become a minister.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Several characters to a certain extent.
* CompositeCharacter:
** James Martin, the meek haberdasher, and Hubert Muller, the San Francisco bachelor searching for love, are combined into one character for the movie, so that Martin ends up with Nonnie (as Muller does in the novel).
** Peters and Acre, the two stewards, become simply "Acres" in the 1972 movie. Same for the 2005 movie, except the steward's name has returned to "Acre." Apparently it was decided to drop the character Peters; like Acre in the novel, both composite stewards suffer a leg injury during the capsizing of the ship.
* GratuitousRape: [[spoiler:of Susan Shelby.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Reverend Scott. Belle Rosen does get her chance to swim, of course, but only has a heart attack later on ''AFTER'' Reverend Scott perishes.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Linda.]]
* {{Irony}}:
** [[spoiler:Belle Rosen dies of a heart attack]] just as rescuers are cutting through the hull to reach the survivors.
** After being rescued, the characters discover a different, larger group of survivors who apparently had a ''far'' easier time making their way to safety by taking a route other than the one Reverend Scott pushed. This is averted in the film, where the remaining members of Scott's group learn they're the only survivors.
*** Or maybe not quite averted; the sequel ''Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'' does involve another group of survivors, albeit ones with no connection to the first group. They didn't have that easy of a time getting out, either.
* {{Jerkass}}: Some characters in the novel are a lot less sympathetic than in the movies.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Peters and Acre.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of the young deckhand Herbert, after [[spoiler:learning the girl he raped (Susan) was a passenger, rather than a stewardess (which, in yet another example of the ValuesDissonance in that scene, would have apparently been perfectly okay).]]
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Averted [[spoiler:with Robin Shelby (who disappears without a trace after going off to relieve himself), the Beamer (who drinks himself to unconsciousness), and Pamela (who refuses to leave the Beamer's side). The latter two end up making it out anyway on their own.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jane Shelby gives her husband one of these after Robin's disappearance.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler:Kreynos, the third engineer.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Robin Shelby.]]
* {{Spinster}}: Miss Kinsale.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Peters and Acre, the friendly stewards.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Virtually anyone that chooses to stay in the Ball Room. [[spoiler:Shockingly, however, it is revealed at the end of the novel that all those people SURVIVED.]] Also Mr. Kreynos, the third engineer [[spoiler:who, moments after the ship capsizes, rambles on about taking his position in the Engine Room to investigate the cause behind the accident. He blindly stumbles into a pool of oil that has formed beneath the Grand Staircase and drowns in the mess.]]
** And then comes the sad case of [[spoiler:Linda Rogo, who rebels and tries to find her own way during the climb through "Mount Poseidon" in the Engine Room. In the darkness, she loses her balance and falls to her death on a piece of steel below, impaling her through the chest.]]
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:Robin's ultimate fate is never learned, although he was presumably killed in a stampede of panicked survivors after the ship's lights went out.]]
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Mike Rogo backhands Linda across the face after she unleashes a torrent of verbal abuse on him early in the novel, then follows up with this.
* YourCheatingHeart: The married Martin was having a fling with a woman aboard the ship prior to the disaster. The knowledge that she likely drowned in her cabin causes him to be plagued with SurvivorGuilt throughout the novel.