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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sophia Loren ... Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain

Richard Harris ... Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain

Martin Sheen ... Robby Navarro

O.J. Simpson ... Haley

Lionel Stander ... Max, the Train Conductor

Ann Turkel ... Susan

Ingrid Thulin ... Dr. Elena Stradner

Lee Strasberg ... Herman Kaplan

Ava Gardner ... Nicole Dressler

Burt Lancaster ... Colonel Stephen Mackenzie

Lou Castel ... Swedish Terrorist

John Phillip Law ... Major Stack

Ray Lovelock ... Tom

Alida Valli ... Nanny

Stefano Patrizi ... Terrorist

Thomas Hunter ... Captain Scott (as Tom Hunter)
Fausta Avelli ... Caterina
Angela Goodwin ... Nun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlo De Mejo ... Faux Patient (uncredited)
John P. Dulaney ... Harmonica Player (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Renzo Palmer ... Train Station Ticket Collector (uncredited)
Teresa Rossi Passante ... Survivor (uncredited)
Michael Staudt ... Marine Guard (uncredited)
Adam Strasberg ... Child (uncredited)
David Lee Strasberg ... Child (uncredited)
Maurizio Streccioni ... Survivor (uncredited)
Thomas Williams ... Marine Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
George P. Cosmatos  (as George Pan Cosmatos)
Writing credits
Robert Katz (story) and
George P. Cosmatos (story) (as George Pan Cosmatos)

Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) &
Robert Katz (screenplay) and
George P. Cosmatos (screenplay) (as George Pan Cosmatos)

Produced by
Giancarlo Pettini .... executive producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Lew Grade .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Roberto Silvi 
Production Design by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Set Decoration by
Mario Liverani 
Costume Design by
Adriana Berselli 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Adalgisa Favella .... hairdresser (as Gisa Favella)
Ada Palombi .... hairdresser
Marisa Tilly .... makeup artist (as Marisa Tilli)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mara Blasetti .... production supervisor
Cristina Luescher .... production manager: Switzerland
Jean Pieuchot .... production manager: France
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director
George P. Cosmatos .... director: aerial sequences
Antonio Gabrielli .... assistant director
Joe Pollini .... assistant director
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director (as Maria Teresa Barbasso)
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... mixer
Giorgio De Vincenzo .... assistant sound editor
Piero Fondi .... sound recordist
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Vernon Messenger .... sound editor
Carlo Palmieri .... sound recordist
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects
Roberto Pignotti .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Aurelio Crugnola .... models supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
Roberto Biciocchi .... stillman
Amilcare Cuccoli .... gaffer
Ron Goodman .... aerial sequences photographer
Ennio Picconi .... chief grip
Sergio Salvati .... additional photographer
Tazio Secchiaroli .... stillman
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabrizio Caracciolo .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Cesare D'Amico .... assistant editor
Music Department
Claudio M. Cutry .... music editor (as Claudio Cutry)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor: the Symphonic Orchestra UNIONE MUSICISTI DI ROMA
Angelo Giovagnoli .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Gunter Ammann .... chief pilot (as Günter Ammann)
Lew Grade .... presenter (as Sir Lew Grade)
Marion Mertes .... continuity
Carlo Ponti .... presenter
Achille Strani .... back projectionist
Jose Villaverde .... dialogue coach (as José Villaverde)
Amy Werba .... assistant to director (as Emy Werba)
Crew verified as complete

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129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1997) (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (1977) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Russia:0+ | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

James Coburn turned down the role of Haley in this movie, which was in the end was played by O.J. Simpson. Firepower (1979) starred Coburn, Simpson, and Sophia Loren, the latter of whom also starred in this movie.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain:You can wash for a week. It will not make the slightest bit of difference.
Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain:What would you prescribe, doctor?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain:Stop breathing! That is how the disease is transmitted.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Dumb fun, 2 December 2009
Author: TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews from Earth

While often goofy, this can be quite exciting and even engaging. In fact, the very beginning is just the first of several scenes that are cool(and could be awesome, if their execution had been better). This is helmed by George P. Comatose(no, I realize that's not the correct spelling of his last name... but it is my guess as to how he directs, since he messes this and Rambo II up), and some of the action is honestly not half bad. The (unintentional) silliness is increased all the more by the music, which has a hilarious tendency towards being *ridiculously* over the top. This also holds numerous sequences that help prove the rule that... and pay attention, because a lot of film-makers can learn from this... not everything looks good in slow-motion. The acting is reasonable enough; wise men fear this movie's attempts at accents, though. You can't ignore the amount of famous people - most of them their career long dead - cast yet given little if anything to do here. I wonder how many people see O.J.'s performance in a completely new light today. The effects vary. This all adds up to being fairly entertaining, if you can turn your brain off(and tolerate the excessive running time). There is brief sensuality and infrequent moderately strong language in this, as well as a little mild violence and disturbing content. The DVD holds three trailers. I recommend this to fans of simplistic disaster flicks. 6/10

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