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Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

PG | | Action, Adventure | 18 May 1979 (USA)
An extension of the previous film, wherein a cache of adventurers return to the overturned ship to seek several fortunes.

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

Paul Gallico (novel), Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Captain Mike Turner
Sally Field ... Celeste Whitman
Telly Savalas ... Captain Stefan Svevo
Peter Boyle ... Frank Mazzetti
Jack Warden ... Harold Meredith
Shirley Knight ... Hannah Meredith
Shirley Jones ... Nurse Gina Rowe
Karl Malden ... Wilbur Hubbard
Slim Pickens ... Dewey 'Tex' Hopkins
Veronica Hamel ... Suzanne Constantine
Angela Cartwright ... Theresa Mazzetti
Mark Harmon ... Larry Simpson
Paul Picerni ... Kurt
Patrick Culliton ... Doyle
Dean Raphael Ferrandini ... Castorp (as Dean Ferrandini)
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Storyline

After The Poseidon Adventure (1972), in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While there are passengers still on-board waiting to be rescued, two rivalling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold, and a small amount of plutonium. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The greatest adventure story ever filmed... is not yet over. See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Poseidon See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1973, Producer and Director Irwin Allen considered a sequel to The Poseidon Adventure (1972) that was set on dry land in a collapsed train tunnel. This premise was borrowed for the Sylvester Stallone action movie Daylight (1996). See more »

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The ships hull for the sea scenes was built only slightly bigger than was visible above the water line. To continue the illusion under the water line the hull had a fabric skirt that was painted red which fades to blue. This fabric skirt can be seen at the end of the movie when Capt Turner dives back underwater to find Wilbur. See more »

Quotes

Captain Stefan Svevo: [as his boat moves alongside Mike's boat] I'm Doctor Stefan Svevo and this the Medical Rescue Ship Irene. That must be the Poseidon. We heard her S.O.S. last night.
Captain Mike Turner: Clear off. I have the salvage rights here. Captain Michael Turner.
Captain Stefan Svevo: A capsized ship is like a giant air bubble Captain and there may be survivors. My paramedics and I could be instrumental and try and get them off, give medical attention if needed.
Captain Mike Turner: I think the survivors have been taken out, but you can look and take out any you find. ...
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The UK cinema release was cut to get an "A" rating with edits to blood spurts from gunshot wounds. Later video and DVD releases were upgraded and uncut. See more »

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My favorite disaster/adventure movie ever!
14 August 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

How many movies get the chance of being made by the extraordinary,proficient,astonishing Allen and/or having Caine,Mrs. Field,Savallas,Shirley Jones in the cast?

Caine's role,in itself,is a jewel;he just fits in.He is energetic, lucid,sharp, intelligent,manly,as fit as a fiddle.Caine knows how to make a super-action flick,without needing to be Willis or Ford.He should be very proud of his role in "Beyond ...".For me,this is one of the most cherished Caine shows.(Caine is himself a cinema,he did an incredible number of good flicks.)Mrs. Field is enchanting,natural, inventive, fresh, luminous, spontaneous,funny,resourceful.(How do I miss an actress like her when I see that imbecile girls in so many cheap-looking shows!With few exceptions,such as Miss Rachel Luttrell,Miss Torri Higginson,or Mrs. Blalock,did you notice how many imbecile-looking girls crowd to fill the sets of the shows?)

The action does not stagnate for a moment.

Savallas got his bigger/better roles elsewhere;but the villain he does here is,as such,memorable and a landmark for the genre.He coins a comic strip villain.(I mean,Nero in Die Hard 2 ,Alan Rickman in Die Hard ,are zero compared to Savallas in "Beyond ...".)

The colors of this movie are delightful.

And how many shows offer so much fun?For me,only the first two episodes of Stargate Atlantis (Rising (Part 1)&Rising (Part 2)).

Many people,who commented "Beyond ...",have expressed a lot of reserves and reticence,about various things;I think they were unjust,and way too exacting.

Between 56 and 64 years,Allen made (i.e,directed and/or produced) several disaster movies:the diptych The Poseidon Adventure ,1972,and The Towering Inferno ,1974—for the movie theaters;then, another diptych—for TV this time: Flood! ,1976,and Fire! ,1977;then a trilogy,for the big screen again: The Swarm ,1978, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure ,1979, When Time Ran Out... ,1980—an activity that was ambitious and often successful.In '80,Allen was 64 years old.In his disaster movies that he made during the '70s,Allen uses the entire palette of the genre.His main merit is,of course,that of creating a very pure form of adventure movies.During '72-'80, The Master of Disaster also found time for some important TV work.So,he was for disaster,he was for Sci-Fi,sometimes he was for both of them—and always for fancy,adventure and fun. Fortunately ,he had the opportunity to develop fully his thoughts and to express himself plenary.

Some fans complain that The Master of Disaster's work was uneven,unequal;anyway,his best films are matchless in their genre.The man made at least 9 remarkable feature movies (of which some 6 are very good—the 5 feature films made between '72 and '80,and also Five Weeks in a Balloon ,1962;but the movies from '59-'61 are worth watching as well …),several interesting TV movies (in the '70s and '80s),and also several TV series and/or miniseries.I do not know any other director to be able of such a continuity in a couple of genres (the disaster/adventures,and Sci-Fi).


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