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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Hollywood thought: why Poseidon's no Adventure

watery345.jpgIn “Backstory 3,” Poseidon Adventure scripter Stirling Silliphant offers some seafaring experience to Nat Segaloff: “The matter of making the characters [in The Poseidon Adventure] empathetic was not a problem, because I had a simple and central conflict going between Borgnine and Hackman. In their conflict, they exposed their own fears—and therefore their humanity—and as this [affected] several other characters, we inevitably had to see them as facets of ourselves. And how can you go wrong with an actress of the brilliance of Shelly Winters, whose chubby rump has to be pushed upwards, and her face of complaint at such a rude contact; and then when she has to dive and swim a hazardous course underwater in her bloomers and dies in the arms of her husband before than can get to Israel—come on, that’s really snatching candy from a baby.”

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