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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  9 February 1977 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Haley (as O. J. Simpson)
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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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Major Stark
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Mrs. Chadwick
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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The Fear Is Spreading See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cassandra Crossing  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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According to the book "Sophia Loren: A Biography", actress Ava Gardner gave Loren the following advice during production: "Always shoot your closeups first thing in the morning, honey, 'cause your looks ain't gonna hold out all day." See more »

Goofs

The train is meant to be leaving from Geneva, but all the departure scenes are at Basel SBB station, the main Swiss station in Basel. Green liveried (still to be seen in 2012) Basel trams can be seen more than once. No on-the-ground railway filming took place in Geneva. This is made even more amusing by the announcements in the background mentioning the next stop as Basel several times. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: You can wash for a week. It will not make the slightest bit of difference.
Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain: What would you prescribe, doctor?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: Stop breathing! That is how the disease is transmitted.
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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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A dynamic disaster pic.
26 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is not one of those soulless, uninteresting all-star packages of the '70s, like "The Towering Inferno" or one of those pseudo-artsy "entertainments" like "The French Connection"; it's a vigorously directed, tightly edited thriller that grabs you by the throat right from the opening sequence and keeps its grip throughout. Sure, it contains most of the expected disaster-movie cliches (peculiar love-hate relationships between characters played by big stars of the era, useless supporting roles - especially Ava Gardner's -, etc...), but the directing is so efficient, and Burt Lancaster is so convincingly hateful, that you find yourself completely absorbed. In my opinion, a first-rate movie, with a spectacular finish. (***)


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