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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

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Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train so what happens next?

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Haley (as O. J. Simpson)
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Max, the Train Conductor
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Dr. Elena Stradner
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Herman Kaplan
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Swedish Terrorist
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Stefano Patrizi ...
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Storyline

"Outbreak" meets "The Runaway Train" as a motley group of passengers are quarantined on a train destined to prevent the spread of the disease at the cost of their lives. Government intrigue, international smuggling, and the legend of the Cassandra Crossing add to the suspense. Written by <hgwells@magicnet.net>

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At noon on October 25th, the Transcontinental Express left Geneva Station with almost one thousand people aboard. Their destination: Basel, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. No one arrived. See more »

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Drama | Thriller | Action

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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cassandra Crossing  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Cassandra Crossing" of the film's title refers to a bridge in the movie called the Kaslindrliv Bridge. The architectural structure used to play this was the Viaduct of Garabit which is located in the South of France. It was built between 1881 & 1884, and was manufactured by Gustave Alexandre Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. It stands 122 meters tall by 564.69 meters long. The Garabit Viaduct is still used today as a railway bridge. See more »

Goofs

The train is meant to go from Geneva, past Basel to 'Nuremburg', then into Poland. This would be a convoluted and illogical itinerary even for a diverted train and would take quite a long time. See more »

Quotes

Col. Stephen Mackenzie: [On speaker phone] I don't have to tell you what we're up against!
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: What you're up against? I may be the only doctor for a thousand potential plague victims if I haven't caught it myself.
Col. Stephen Mackenzie: That's exactly why it's important to contain the disease now and why you'll all be heading for an isolation facility in Poland, where you'll get the very best...
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: In the meantime, what do you intend I fight it with? Aspirin?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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I'm Still On My Way
Composed and written by Dave Jordan
Published by ATV Music Ltd - London
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Great Cast! Great Ride!
3 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened to catch this film today on a cable channel. It was worth watching again. Unlike other disaster films, this film was an original set on a train with a plague ridden passenger. Aboard this Paris bound train, it's changed to a place in Poland which was a concentration camp to quarantine the passengers. What the passengers don't know is that they have to cross "The Cassandra Crossing" which is poorly constructed bridge in Poland that can't handle the train's weight. Even the former residents have left living there because of the bridge's danger. I thought this film has a lot of thrilling sequences even with the seventies music and score by Jerry Goldsmith. The cast is first rate with the late Richard Harris (who should have been knighted), Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Ava Gardner, Lee Strasberg, even O.J. Simpson is cast in an unusual role. I haven't watched anything with Simpson since 1994. I thought Lee Strasberg was brilliant as was Burt Lancaster and Ingrid Thulin as well.


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