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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"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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SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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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 »

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Several characters say that people used to live under the Cassandra Crossing, but then moved away. The only thing under the crossing is a river. See more »

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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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I'm Still On My Way
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A train, a disease and a bridge with a secret.
3 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two terrorists break into a Geneva chemical plant, bungling the raid they come under attack from the guards. As shots ring out they are both sprayed by a shattered chemical container, one of the men dies but the other manages to escape aboard a European express train. Once on board it becomes apparent that anyone he comes into contact with is at serious danger of infection, the government and military learn that the man is aboard this train and set about a plan of action to isolate it before the virus can spread further. The passengers on board are not only at threat from this potentially fatal virus, but also the political bigwigs whom have their lives literally in their hands.

This is great entertainment, part disaster movie but operating mainly as a tight thriller, The Cassandra Crossing is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Boasting Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson and Burt Lancaster, it's acted out with all the necessary verve needed for this type of picture. Also in the films favour is that it's not merely about a disease threatening a train load of passengers, there are government issues at hand, decisions to be made that are very much accounted for, throw in the various peccadilloes that some of the passengers have and you find crammed full of intrigue and drama. Drugs and weapons are involved, and even a reoccurring romance plays out with very subtle ease, writers Robert Katz and George P. Cosmatos have delivered a very solid plot and executed it with old fashioned dramatic values.

Get on board this train and enjoy the ride. 7/10


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