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The Poseidon Adventure

Released 1972
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox

The posters for Irwin Allen’s 1972 disaster epic screamed “Hell Upside Down!” – in other words, the perfect movie for 2019. The canny Allen brought in A list actors like Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters and made sure all the thriller buttons were pushed in this waterlogged saga about the spectacular upending of a leaky luxury liner. British director Ronald Neame tries to keep a tight lid on the histrionics and is occasionally successful.

About Robert Weide

Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.