Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American
action-adventure disaster film that was based on
Paul Gallico's novel. The film features an
all-star cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack
Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons...
The plot centers on the SS Poseidon, an aged luxury
liner on her final voyage from New York City to
Athens before being sent to the scrapyard. On New
Year's Eve, she is overturned by a tsunami caused by
an underwater earthquake. Passengers and crew are
trapped inside, and a rebellious preacher attempts
to lead a small group of survivors to safety.
Parts of the movie were filmed aboard the
RMS Queen Mary.
The film won a Special
Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects and an
Academy Award for Best Original Song (for "The
Morning After"). Shelley Winters won the Golden
Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion
Picture and was nominated for the Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress for her role. It also
received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for
Best Motion Picture – Drama.