What Poseidon movie do you like?

Rob Lawes

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The original film remains the best although I think the book upon which the film is based is better.

The sequel, Beyond the.... Is of the so bad its good categories of movie.
 
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The book is good to but I know a lot of people who hate the end (which had to do with the group of survivors going to the bow of the ship).

I think the best is the original 1972 one. But I also like the 2006 which has a lot of action.
 
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The original 1972 film, the 2006 remake, or the 2005 TV miniseries?

And what do you think of the sequel to the original 72 film, 1979's Beyond the Poseidon Adventure?
I prefer the original 1972 film to the 2006 remake. This is where I discovered and fell in love with Gene Hackman :D

I’ve never seen the 1979 sequel, didn’t know there was one :eek:
 

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TBH, the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure wasn't really good. If you go back and watch it now, you'll note the stilted dialogue, cardboard characters (I could have strangled Carol Lynley & Shelly Winters) and the unlikely script. Even the talented Gene Hackman was annoying with his pseudo-religious lines. IMO, Ernest Borgnine as the surly Rogo was the only saving grace.

The 2006 remake is by no means a memorable film, but at least it is unpretentious and the characters are far less annoying.
 
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What do you think of the 1979 sequel? I didn’t even know there had been a sequel? Is this about another disaster on another ship?
 
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It was terrible. Same capsized ship and something about Telly Savalas and his baddie comrades looking for some hidden plutonium on board or something like that.
Oh I DO vaguely remember this. Maybe I have watched it before and it was so bad I erased it from my memory :D
 
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Cheers for this Steven. I do remember this now I think (see comment above) :D

4.6 on IMDB, that says it all ;)
 

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Interesting comments. I prefer the original movie because I saw it when it came out and I've never seen the others. However my compelling reason for liking the original is separate from the actual merits of the movie. At the time it came out I was working in a position that required long hours and put me under a great deal of stress. I had a rare opportunity to take a break, to relax in the calm solitude of a theater and just forget about my workload for a couple of hours. It left me with a refreshed feeling and a pleasant memory that remains to this day.
 
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Thats cool. Movies are good for that. When I was a wee lad we had no television. We were living in Germany and at the time there were no english channels so my parents didn't even bother getting a tv. Going to the movies was a big deal to us.
 
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Interesting comments. I prefer the original movie because I saw it when it came out and I've never seen the others. However my compelling reason for liking the original is separate from the actual merits of the movie. At the time it came out I was working in a position that required long hours and put me under a great deal of stress. I had a rare opportunity to take a break, to relax in the calm solitude of a theater and just forget about my workload for a couple of hours. It left me with a refreshed feeling and a pleasant memory that remains to this day.
It is very true that the mood you are in will affect how you feel about a movie. I don’t like a couple of movies just because I saw them at a bad time etc.
 

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When I saw the original The Poseidon Adventure I was 18 years old and escapism was more important than realism or common sense. At that time, I liked disaster films like this one, The Towering Inferno and God help me, even When Time Ran Out. But with passing time I began to see through the artificiality and improbability of such films and now they don't even have much nostalgic interest. Now, whenever I think of TPA, the things that come to mind are Carol Lynley's simpering and whimpering, Shelly Winters holding up her old swimming medal every other minute and that teeny bopper's puppy adulation of Gene Hackman. Sorry, but there it is.
 
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I feel the adulation of Gene Hackman is needed but not the other stuff you mentioned :D
 

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The original is the only one worth watching. The "sequel" was just an exploitative gimmick by producer Irwin Allen to come up with another project and he never had much of a coherent idea in mind if the various recollections of certain actors are to be believed.

1-Gene Hackman, guesting on the Tonight Show in 1974 says he turned down a sequel pitch in which the film would have begun with the survivors in the helicopter and then suddenly he emerges and asks, "Did my brother make it?"

2-Carol Lynley on the DVD commentary track alludes to a sequel pitch in which the survivors would be traveling by train in Europe to go to the hearings into the disaster and then get stuck in an avalanche in a tunnel or something to that effect (same characters different disaster)

3-Paul Gallico, the author of the book before his death then gave Irwin a potential property by writing a novel that was written as a direct sequel to the film rather than the novel, and it had Rogo suddenly going back when he sees salvors headed to the wreck and Rogo it turns out had this big security job he was on board for. For even more bizarre reasons, Martin and Manny go back with him! There is only the barest resemblance in this to the treatment Irwin went with in his deservedly forgotten "sequel."

The 2005 miniseries was no better than so-so but at least an acceptable so-so. The 2006 film was just terrible on all levels. They missed a golden chance for a perfect inside joke if they had only made Richard Dreyfuss shout at one point, "This was no boating accident!"
 
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