Picks and Pans Review: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

UPDATED 07/09/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/09/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

For Irwin Allen, the disaster's never over until the last gross is out, and The Poseidon Adventure grossed $42 million. The faces, however, have changed: Everyone in the last cast was either rescued or killed off. So this time, Michael Caine plays a crusty tugboat captain. How a harbor tug happens to be in the middle of the ocean is never sufficiently explained, but the Jenny's crew (including Sally Field, reverting to her supercute Flying Nun persona) finds the wreck of the Poseidon and decides to go aboard for salvage. They meet another scavenger (Telly Savalas) and more medium-level-star survivors, trapped in the still-flooding, upside-down wreck. Nobody should be blamed for trying to escape. One consolation (aside from the unintentionally hilarious script) is that the liner blows up in the last scene, signaling the end of The Poseidon Adventures, unless a couple of survivors are still out there floating around, waiting for The Poseidon Flotsam and Jetsam. (PG)

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