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9 February 1977 (USA) See more »
The Fear Is Spreading See more »
Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train so what happens next? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1997) (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (1977) | Norway:15 | 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 The Cassandra Crossing (1976) which was in the end played by O.J. Simpson. Firepower (1979) starred Coburn and Simpson and Sophia Loren the latter of whom also starred in The Cassandra Crossing (1976).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 »
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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling disaster movie with spectacular scenes , nail-biting action and big name cast, 24 October 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Suspenseful and intriguing disaster movie with all-star-cast and well-directed . Exciting and interesting catastrophe movie with some clichés and stereotypes , containing enjoyable performances from Burt Lancaster , Richard Harris and Sofia Loren . This disaster movie blends action , intrigue , breathtaking spectacle , suspense and emotional byplay . ¨Cassandra crossing¨ was a successful film that grossed at box office . The film's storyline features the potential outbreak of a deadly pneumonic plague virus on a train from an germ infected passenger and the legend of the Cassandra Crossing add to the suspense . As passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease . 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 . One of them is Doctor Chamberlain (Richard Harris , though Peter O'Toole turned down the role) along with his ex-wife (Sofia Loren) . Furthermore , a suspicious priest called Haley (James Coburn turned down the role of Haley which was in the end played by 'O J Simpson') , a millionaire spouse (Ava Gardner) , her lover (Martin Sheen) , among others . The Fear Is Spreading but nobody will let them off the train . As when the train carrying plague approaches a weakened bridge the events go wrong .

This is and amusing and entertaining disaster movie though has some sloppy executions . This formula intrigue movie belongs to catastrophe genre of the 70s , being the undisputed king , ¨The towering inferno¨ along with ¨Earthquake¨ , ¨Two minutes warning¨ , ¨Rollercoaster¨ , among others . Filmed at the height of the disaster genre from the 7os , this entry in the spectacular series profits of a decent acting by protagonists and overwhelming action scenes . It blends thrills , chills , shootouts , noisy action-packed , government intrigue, international smuggling , and many other things . It is a crossover in which "Outbreak" meets ¨Under siege 2¨ , "The Runaway Train" and ¨Death Train¨ , taking parts here and there . The "Cassandra Crossing" of the film's title refers to a bridge in the movie called the Kaslindrliv Bridge, being shot in France and Italy . The architectural structure used to play this was the Viaduct of Garabit which is located in the South of France , it was built between 1881 & 1884, and was manufactured by Gustave Alexandre Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame . This moving picture which is short in realism instead we have far-fetched but moving blow up , crossfire , fighting , it should please most adventure-action buffs . The main and support cast is frankly good , it is plenty with known faces such as Ingrid Thulin , Ava Gardner , Lee Strasberg , Lionel Stander , Lou Castel , Ann Turkel, John Phillip Law , Ray Lovelock , Alida Valli and several others . Producer Carlo Ponti saw the movie as a showcase for his wife Sophia Loren . The movie also co-starred the then husband and wife actors Richard Harris and Ann Turkel, with Turkel being pregnant during principal photography .

Luminous and shimmer cinematography by Ennio Guarneri . Fitted to action and stirring misical score by the great Jerry Goldsmith . This improbable motion picture was professionally directed by George Pan Cosmatos . He's a good director who got a great success with ¨Tombstone¨ and flops as ¨Shadow conspiracy¨, ¨Leviathan¨, ¨Escape to Athena¨ , ¨Massacre in Rome¨ and this ¨Cassandra crossing¨ was a hit at European box office . This typical epic disaster grade story will appeal to Lancaster/Harris/Loren fans . Although the movie has some aspects a little tough to take , this catastrophe film still has its moments .This large-scale and lavishly produced pic attempts a spectacular atmosphere with acceptable results.

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