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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

R  |   |  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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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 Dressler
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Colonel Stephen Mackenzie
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Swedish Terrorist
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Major Stark
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Nanny
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

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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Cassandra Crossing  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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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 »

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Quotes

Susan: [Very ill] I don't look too good, hunh?
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Sir Lew Grade strikes again; this one could be called "Railway of the Damned"
9 April 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A hospital terrorist in Geneva, Switzerland manages to escape security, but not before contracting Bubonic Plague in the medical lab; he stows away in the baggage car of a Swiss train bound for Sweden, later mingling with the commuters (he touches a baby, food in the kitchen, he shares water with a pooch, and even approaches a cleric-collar wearing O.J. Simpson!). Doctors and military men are onto him however, and soon the train is re-routed--towards a Polish bridge on the verge of collapse! Producer Carlo Ponti (via Lew Grade, the king of "upscale" '70s schlock cinema) employs a large group of famous faces for the guest-star roles, ensuring that his wife, Sophia Loren, gets plenty of Movie Star Close-Ups. Loren and Richard Harris aren't terribly credible as bickering/kissing ex-marrieds (she attempts to re-seduce him wearing a black négligée), but at least they're better than Lee Strasberg as a former prisoner-of-war and Martin Sheen as a heroin-addict passing himself off as Madame Ava Gardner's boy toy. Decadent, divine Gardner (with Bassett Hound in tow) gets her share of close-ups too, and also the pithiest lines. The cinematography is quite impressive, and Jerry Goldsmith's score is enjoyably melodramatic, but the writing, editing, and direction are each lousy. This hit theaters on the tail-end of the all-star-disaster-epic craze...and failed to revive the dying genre. Easy to see why, most of the passengers seem as fatigued as the plot. ** from ****


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