Trapped on a sinking, capsized cruise ship with a group of terrified passengers and a hyper-macho cop (Ernest Borgnine), Rev. Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) has a lot on his hands. Following his intuition and the advice of a very savvy 10-year-old, he leads the desperate group to its only hope: a ventilation shaft leading out of the engine room. “l'm going next, so if old fat (expletive) gets stuck in there, I won't be caught behind her,” one character says of another. Luckily, there are no such worries, as at about 10 ft in diameter, the ventilation shaft turns out to be larger than the stack breeching on the Queen Mary and made of riveted plate steel. Although the sinking ship posed a worry, there was no lack of fresh air for the refugees.