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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

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 overview, first billed only:
Max, the Train Conductor
Dr. Elena Stradner
Herman Kaplan
Nicole Dressler
Colonel Stephen Mackenzie
Swedish Terrorist
Major Stack
Ray Lovelock ...
Stefano Patrizi ...


"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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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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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 »


When the two sections of the train are separated the brakes in both sections would be applied automatically stopping both sections of the train presumably stopping both before reaching the bridge. See more »


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 There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


It's All a Game
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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The Cassandra Crossing
24 March 2000 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

An infected terrorist escapes from a Geneva chemical institute and carries a deadly plague to a European express train.

Coolly devised, fashionable, rather silly, but undeniably entertaining and spectacular disaster thriller with an abundance of topical pulp elements, handsome production, superficial writing, a curious lack of cinematic invention, and nothing much for its star cast to do. Watching it now, one can observe many components clearly influencing today's filmmakers.

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