The Poseidon Adventure
1972
As the luxury liner Poseidon charts its course on New Year's Eve, disaster strikes when an undersea earthquake causes a titanic tidal wave and capsizes the vessel, leaving just 10 survivors. Led by a no-nonsense reverend (Gene Hackman), the group must maneuver through airshafts, electrical cables and a burning engine room to the boat's hull, which is their lone chance for escape. The film scored an Oscar for Best Song ("The Morning After").

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

It's riddled through with clich├ęs and awkward expository dialogue, but I enjoyed the hell out of this adventure classic anyway. This is simple, straightforward, white-knuckle-thriller entertainment, a big summer blockbuster before Hollywood started cranking them out every weekend. Pardon the flimsy script and you're in for a hell of a great adventure.

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