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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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Max, the Train Conductor
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Susan
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Dr. Elena Stradner
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Herman Kaplan
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Nicole
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Mackenzie
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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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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Cassandra Crossing  »

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Gross:

SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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The film's storyline features the potential outbreak of a deadly pneumonic plague virus on a train from an germ infected passenger. As a child, director George P. Cosmatos experienced a cholera outbreak whilst living in Egypt. Cosmatos once said: "To me, an epidemic seems more destructive than an earthquake, a fire or even a bomb. And a man-made epidemic such as is shown in The Cassandra Crossing (1976) is the most despicable of all. We are our own worst enemies because we're killing ourselves with so-called progress". See more »

Goofs

If the bridge hadn't been used for such a long time, the tracks would have been rusty. However, in at least one shot we see that their upper surfaces is shiny, indicating that trains quite often run on them. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Dressler: Oh, what is it all about?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: I'd say a slight case of, uh...food poisoning.
Nicole Dressler: I think either you're a lousy doctor or a lousy liar.
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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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Under-rated disaster entry, well worth catching.
8 September 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The '70s cycle of disaster films provided widely acclaimed titles such as The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, and universally panned titles like When Time Ran Out and Hurricane. It's tricky to decide which side to place The Cassandra Crossing. This 1976 entry in the genre divides critics and the public like no other disaster movie - on the one hand you have Maltin giving it his nod of approval, while on the other you have Halliwell dismissing it as a totally undistinguished potboiler. Personally, I feel The Cassandra Crossing has been rather hard done by. It's a good, well-made, sporadically exciting film with a first-rate cast.

A terrorist on the run boards a continental train, unaware that when he recently infiltrated a top secret laboratory he was infected with a highly contagious killer plague. Pretty soon, people aboard the train are coming down with the horrendous virus. In the corridors of power, Colonel Stephen Mackenzie (Burt Lancaster) plots to divert the train to an abandoned concentration camp where the passengers can be quarantined, ignoring the fact that the train will have to traverse the famously fragile Cassandra Crossing (a dangerously rickety, long unused bridge) to get there. Meanwhile, the passengers - including Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain (Richard Harris) - realize that they're not as safe as the authorities would have them believe, and they try to regain control of the express.

Admittedly, The Cassandra Crossing is derivative and clichéd - as, indeed, so many disaster films are. But it doesn't waste its marvelous all-star cast. Each character is well-written and well-performed by a stellar cast. George Pan Cosmatos (later to helm Cobra and Rambo: First Blood, Part II) directs with an assured touch and generates some very effective tension, particularly in the film's memorable climax. At 123 minutes, the film is just long enough - there's time to get involved in the story and the characters, but not quite enough time to get bored. The Cassandra Crossing is an above-par disaster flick, which has been unfairly under-rated for far too long.


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