The Poseidon Adventure

The Ferguson Theater

the-poseidon-adventure poster 21972

20th Century Fox

Directed by Ronald Neame

Produced by Irwin Allen

Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes

Based on the novel “The Poseidon Adventure” by Paul Gallico

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE didn’t create The Disaster Movie genre. If you go all the way back to 1937 you can find “The Hurricane” which I suppose could classify as a Disaster Movie since the climax involves the mother of all hurricanes devastating a South Seas island paradise.   But even though it may not have created the genre, over time it has emerged as the undisputed Champion of Disaster Movies. Yes, there have been Disaster Movies with far bigger budgets, more spectacular special effects, better received by critics and have grossed more at the box office. But I guarantee that if you ask anybody what their favorite Disaster Movie is, they’ll say THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. It’s the “Citizen Kane” “Gone…

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