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The Poseidon Adventure

Of the original small group that leaves the ballroom in search of escape, four don’t make it to the hull: Akers (Roddy McDowall), who falls down a vent shaft and drowns, Mrs. Rosen (Shelley Winters), who suffers a heart attack after a long underwater swim that saves Reverend Scott’s (Gene Hackman’s) life and provides a ‘lifeline’ for the others to follow; Mrs. Rogo (Stella Stevens), who loses her balance on a catwalk and plunges to her doom; and Reverend Scott, who sacrifices his life in order to open a passage for the others through the flaming engine room. Once at the hull, the survivors’ pounding is heard by outside rescuers, and cutting torches are lit as the credits roll.