The Poseidon Adventure: Directed by Ronald Neame. With Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley. Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.
I thought I would have time to watch this over New Years Eve, but between making food for the party of 2 and watching Dolly and Miley’s NYE show, I ran out of time and sobriety to watch it that night. But have no fear! I made room for it just a short couple days later. Surprisingly, this movie isn’t available for streaming on any of the streaming services I have access to, so if you want to watch it, you’ll have to pay full price (or have a disk of it). It’s a harrowing tale of just barely surviving, with many points throughout the story where people are doing their best to do the right thing, but it leads to plenty of them dying because life just isn’t fair. Shelley Winters as the older and wider Belle particularly always breaks my heart, as she’s not treated very well by anyone, but ends up saving the entire rotten bunch of them with her skills as a swimmer.
I hear there’s a sequel which I have no memory of seeing, so maybe I’ll check that one out someday.
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