Irwin Allen attempts to recapture the phenomenal success of his The Poseidon Adventure by virtually
re-capping the original storyline with a new set of faces. The luxury liner, turned upside down
after being smashed by a tidal wave, takes about a few opening seconds of screen time. After that
the film becomes a treasure hunt aboard the overturned vessel between salvage tug operators Mike Turner
(Michael Caine), Wilbur Hubbard (Karl Malden), and Celeste Whitman (Sally Field) who are searching
for cool, wet cash and Filthy McNasty bad guy Stefan Svevo (Telly Savalas) who is looking for a stash
of hidden plutonium.