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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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(as George Pan Cosmatos)

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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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Major Stack
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Tom
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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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R | See all certifications »

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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

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The movie, according to the 14th May 1975 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety', was initially intended to be the first film in an eight picture deal between the Iranian Government and Italian producer Carlo Ponti, where an octet of flicks would all be partially filmed in the nation of Iran, but this film production initiative in the end did not eventuate. See more »

Goofs

When they are attempting to lower things onto the moving train with a helicopter, it conveniently changes from overhead-powered electric to diesel. Immediately afterwards, it changes back. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Dressler: Oh, what is it all about?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: I'd say a slight case of, uh...food poisoning.
Nicole Dressler: I think either you're a lousy doctor or a lousy liar.
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Connections

Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978) 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 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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