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THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
2004

poster

TV Miniseries

Director:
John Putch

Language:
English

Running Time: 110'

Main Cast:
Adam Baldwin - Mike Rogo
Steve Guttenberg - Richard Clarke
Rutger Hauer - Bishop Schmitt
C. Thomas Howell - Dr. Ballard
Tinarie Van Wyk - Aimee Anderson
Peter Weller - Captain Gallico
Sylvia Syms - Belle Rosen
Nathalie Boltt - Shoshanna
Andrew Brent - Ronald Acre
Bryan Brown - Jeffrey
Peter Butler - Kasim Badawi
Rory Copus - Dylan Clarke
Adrian Galley - Cpt Anthony Thorpe
Alexa Hamilton - Rachel Clarke
Clive Mantle - James Martin
Amber Sainsbury - Shelby Clarke

Screenplay:
Bryce Zabel, based on a novel by Paul Gallico

Plot:
Welcome aboard the majestic S.S. Poseidon—a virtual floating city—as it departs from Athens on a month-long cruise. Among the 2,500 hundred passengers is Mike Rogo, undercover agent for Homeland Security. Among the crew of 1,200 is Kasim Badawi, a terrorist conspiring to send an explosive message to the world. Acting on word of the impending danger, the Poseidon pushes its engine at full speed toward the nearest port, slicing through the churning waters of an escalating storm and directly into unavoidable catastrophe. Only minutes into the new year, the bomb detonates, leaving the shredded hull vulnerable to the roiling seas pouring into the wounded Poseidon. The 136,000-ton beast capsizes, leaving a chosen few underwater and terrified for their lives.

It’s hell upside down as the disparate survivors make their way up…to the bottom of the S.S. Poseidon: Richard Clarke, a husband and father torn between a mistress he must save and the family he can’t live without; European pop star Aimee Anderson, embarking on an American career and a new Hollywood marriage; Belle Rosen, a widow enduring in the name of her beloved late husband; and Rogo and his reviled prisoner Badawi, handcuffed together in a personal war of justice, sacrifice, and revenge. Through the twisted metal inferno of the inverted ship, they must outlast the inevitable as the Poseidon sinks deeper and deeper into darkness. From this nightmarish maze emerges a drama of human spirit and resilience, of life-and-death emotions and psychological terrors, and of the unyielding strength of the human will to survive against all odds.

Notes:
This mini-series is not based on the 1972 film, but on the original 1969 novel by Paul Gallico.

Some characters have been renamed to pay homage - the ship's captain was named Captain Gallico (the writer of the novel) and the ship's doctor was named Dr. Ballard (Bob Ballard was the leader of the expedition that took place in 1985 and that discovered the remains of the Titanic), while other new characters have been added to this remake.

The Poseidon Adventure is an ingenious mix of breathtaking special effects, heart-pounding human drama, and alarming suspense surpassing all that has come before for sheer epic adventure—level by terrifying level.

Rutger's Notes:
Well, we had some long and frisky days full of tall standing in water. Colleagues are great. A handful of the dirty dozen or so characters are getting their feet wet and some colour. It's a lovely process. Can't escape from this haunting escape story. The "POSEIDON ADVENTURE" in the remaking. I feel that the biggest challenge is/will be to keep the feeling that anything can happen here but it will take 3+ hours. A believable shift in urgency/emergency. No time for much acting "meat", just like in 'Hostile Waters'.

The days are starting to fill up nicely with water. Not that it rains that much. Although it does today and when it does it is indeed a wild man's treat. No, it is more that in the "POSEIDON ADVENTURE" - the ship just is progressing deeper and deeper. Closer and closer to sea-level and beyond. And you can sing this: "So are all of us. And so are all of us".

We are all reasonably rubbered up but the days start just after 6 am and enough can be enough. All the different actors bring their personality to the table and they all continue sketching and outlining. It is a gentle and furious battle during each scene to find out where it will end up going. I mean what little treasure we find and who finds it. I lust for this more than vampire blood. It is a tremendously delicate dance and especially here it has many unforeseen elements as well as some physical strain. I have to mention our youngest actor who is twelve as well as a very disciplined fine craftsman. He does love and hate the bishop.

This is my part and I take great pleasure in housing this character in the shell of a so-called man-of-god although I feel he is driven by an intense sense of despair because god has not spoken to him in a while and neither has he practiced much speaking to his master. His crumbled dedication has probably placed him on the oceanliner on its way to Sydney. And the church might have placed him in a far away hole studying aboriginal 'science' in order to have him be lost for the church for a long period. The fact that he walks closer to man, woman and flesh is a sweet way to reveal the sins he commits. At the same time he ends up acting from within the bishop's shell and uses the habits he has been taught and without actually believing he ends up as a saving grace. I did have to practice a prayer and felt like just doing it silently at first but when looking at it again I found a way for the human to say the right words. And although the scene has great variety it ended up being a spiritual scene. So I felt happy.

So the work is progressing with a vengeance and many good laughs. The crew and actorgang seem to enjoy it all. Very nice after 5 weeks of shooting. And still some 5 more to go. I am still very excited within god's bishop's skin. Think it will work without leaning too much...

During a break on the set

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