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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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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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Nicole Dressler
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Colonel Stephen Mackenzie
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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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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Cassandra Crossing  »

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Gross:

SEK 152,111 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Reportedly, the concept for this picture came to director George P. Cosmatos at 5 am in the morning about two-and-a-half years before this film was released. Cosmatos once said: "I immediately rang Robert Katz, an historian and screenwriter with whom I had collaborated on "Massacre in Rome" [Massacre in Rome (1973)] and we began work on the story the following day". See more »

Goofs

The locomotive that heads the train into the yard is a different one to that which hauled the train all the way from Geneva. There are other inconsistencies between shots as the train makes its way across country. See more »

Quotes

Susan: [Very ill] I don't look too good, hunh?
Herman Kaplan: Ah, liebschoen, even now you make me wish I was fifty again!
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) 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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Good-looking 70s camp classic
7 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The description "camp" means more than simply a bad or bungled film. Something must draw the eye; some pop-culture elements for cross-reference help; dumb novelty helps. Cassandra Crossing has it all!

To draw the eye: The Euro train, landscape, fashions, and cosmopolitan cast of hundreds, but especially Sophia Loren and Richard Harris in their mature prime. No chemistry, but what bods!

Pop-culture elements, specifically NFL running backs as big-cast stars. Jim Brown's sentimental-sacrificial-negro-in-action highlight came in The Dirty Dozen, where he ran in his familiar style, but this time stuffing handgrenades into chimneys to deal death to cold, strutting, Jesse Owens-resenting Nazi supermen--only to be cut down by a mercilessly efficient German machine gun. Sob!--no fair! 10 years later in Cassandra Crossing, former running back OJ picks up cute little girl and runs her into safe part of the train, only to be mowed down by whoever those bad guys were.

Dumb novelty: In an earlier comment TrevorAclea praised Cassandra Crossing for "what is easily the best transfer of a sick Basset hound from a moving train to a helicopter before the train hits a tunnel action set-piece in screen history." Given the size of CC's cast, who could predict that an uncredited beagle would receive so much screen time? Or that the spectre of human suffering would be displaced to a dog whose water dish is infected by a sweaty Swedish pervert-terrorist? Further displacing, after the helicopter transfer the mournful but lovable pooch appears repeatedly on General Lancaster's video screen, where Dr. Ingrid Thulin pronounces the canine to be "slipping into a coma." Then, just after the train's threatened hippie chick is announced to be hungry, we see the beagle in miraculous recovery, drinking fresh water in quarantine from sweaty Swedish pervert-terrorists. Where else to witness such unexpected, extended attention to a hound's endurance and triumph but in the Cassandra Crossing?!


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