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The Poseidon Adventure

“Climbing to another deck will kill you all!“ “And sitting on our butts is not gonna help us either! Maybe by climbing out of here, we can save ourselves. If you’ve got any sense, you’ll come with us.”

The end of 2014, the beginning of 2015. Happy New Year, everybody! And what a better way to celebrate than with Ronald Neame’s 1972 disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we enjoy the holiday with a wonderful conversation about this infamous ship. We talk about the nature of disaster movies from the 70s and producer Irwin Allen — the Master of Disaster — and how this genre turned into quite a thing for him. We discuss the ideas within the film, notably the religious elements, and look at what the film might be trying to say about those elements. We walk through each of the cast members — Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Jack Albertson, and more — and chat about what they each bring to the table. We discuss the amazing production design and the process they went through for flipping the set. We touch on director Neame and look at his history and what he initially thought when brought on to direct this film. And we examine the numbers for this film, looking at how well it did and why it set up the disaster genre for big successes in the 70s. It’s a fun film to end one year and begin the next, and we have a great conversation about it. Tune in!

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