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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
- Ronald Neame
- Irwin Allen
- Paul Gallico
- Stirling Silliphant
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Kent Productions
At midnight on New Year's Eve, the SS Poseidon is struck by a 90-foot tidal wave and is capsized. Reverend Frank Scott leads nine survivors; an elderly couple, Manny and Belle Rosen headed to Israel to see their grandson; A New York detective and his ex-prostitute wife, Mike and Linda Rogo on their second honeymoon to Italy; A young brother and sister, Robin and Susan Shelby going to meet their parents in Greece; A haberdasher James Martin; a pop singer Nonnie Parry, and a waiter from the ship Acres. They travel from the grand ballroom struggling through, steam, fire and rising water in the upside-down ship to reach the bottom (the propeller shaft), now the top.