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9 February 1977 (USA) See more »
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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) | 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?

According to the book "Sophia Loren: A Biography", actress Ava Gardner gave Loren the following advice during production: "Always shoot your closeups first thing in the morning, honey, 'cause your looks ain't gonna hold out all day."See more »
Factual errors: When the two sections of the train are separated the brakes in both sections would be applied automatically stopping both sections of the train presumably stopping both before reaching the bridge.See more »
Nicole Dressler:Oh, what is it all about?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain:I'd say a slight case of, poisoning.
Nicole Dressler:I think either you're a lousy doctor or a lousy liar.
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A dynamic disaster pic., 26 March 2001
Author: gridoon

This is not one of those soulless, uninteresting all-star packages of the '70s, like "The Towering Inferno" or one of those pseudo-artsy "entertainments" like "The French Connection"; it's a vigorously directed, tightly edited thriller that grabs you by the throat right from the opening sequence and keeps its grip throughout. Sure, it contains most of the expected disaster-movie cliches (peculiar love-hate relationships between characters played by big stars of the era, useless supporting roles - especially Ava Gardner's -, etc...), but the directing is so efficient, and Burt Lancaster is so convincingly hateful, that you find yourself completely absorbed. In my opinion, a first-rate movie, with a spectacular finish. (***)

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