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  • Actor Allusion: Kurt Russell tells the kid to jump into a curtain so they can catch him. He tells the mother not to worry that he used to be a fireman. Russell played a fireman in Backdraft (1991).
  • Creator Killer: For Wolfgang Petersen. Despite his track record before Poseidon, he wouldn't direct another movie for a decade, and he ended up leaving Hollywood and going back to Germany for his next film.
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  • The Danza: Richard Dreyfuss as Richard Nelson.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Richard Dreyfuss's major reason for doing the film:
    [T]hey offered like a lot of money and I love money and didn't have a lot and I thought this is a good way of doing this.
  • Star-Derailing Role: The film also helped ruined Josh Lucas's budding leading man career, where that and along with Stealth the previous year, pretty much dimmed his hopes at major stardom.
    • Sometimes assumed to have done the same for Dreyfuss too, but as the above-linked interview shows he had been planning to semi-retire anyway (and that wasn't permanent, either). Almost every cast member suffered injuries during filming too, with Lucas' thumb almost getting taken off at one point.
  • Troubled Production: Supposedly every day started with Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, and Richard Dreyfuss pow-wowing over what the hell they were going to do that day, because the script sure didn't tell them.


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