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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

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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 Stack
Ray Lovelock ...
Tom
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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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A Plague Infested Train Speeds Across Europe To Certain Death At Cassandra Crossing See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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The film's storyline features the potential outbreak of a deadly pneumonic plague virus on a train from an germ infected passenger. As a child, director George P. Cosmatos experienced a cholera outbreak whilst living in Egypt. Cosmatos once said: "To me, an epidemic seems more destructive than an earthquake, a fire or even a bomb. And a man-made epidemic such as is shown in The Cassandra Crossing (1976) is the most despicable of all. We are our own worst enemies because we're killing ourselves with so-called progress". 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

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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I'm Still On My Way
Composed and Written by Dave Jordan
Published by ATV Music Ltd - London
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disaster classic deserving of cult status
27 December 2014 | by (nz) – See all my reviews

recently watched this one again after about 30 years, I well remember being pretty freaked out by it as a kid and realised it probably influenced me to seek out the thrill of disaster movies and the yuck factor/suspense of plague movies ever since. So I would have to count it as one of the most influential movies for me personally. Seeing it again, I enjoyed it on other levels...the impressive cast, the melodramatic score, the clever camera work, and the 70's style (especially the control room technology). It still has the suspense and something else I totally missed seeing it as a kid...a conspiracy element. Movies of this era lack the technical sophistication of more recent ones but can more than make up for it with the extra attention given to the craft of movie-making, basically everyone seems to take their jobs more seriously which can result in a film that the audience can take seriously too, essential for a plot that relies heavily on suspense. In sum, despite some corny moments, some inconsistent pacing and the odd plot hole, Cassandra Crossing is a better disaster movie than most, with a genuinely non-Hollywood ending that doesn't disappoint.


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