The passengers on a cruise ship are seized by panic when a deadly virus begins killing off passengers and crew.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Billingham
Norma Walsh
Len Birman ...
Marvin Luck
Frank Converse ...
Dr. Paul Jeffries
Marshall Snowden
Glenn Lyle
Dr. Ned Folger
Julie Clayton
Jeff Lynas ...
Beatrice Richmond
Dr. Berglund
Dr. Alvarez
John Roper ...
Buddy Sterpa
Debra Snowden


The passengers on a cruise ship are seized by panic when a deadly virus begins killing off passengers and crew.

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10 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Asesino a bordo  »

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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Patty Duke and Beatrice Straight; and one Oscar nominee: Michael Lerner. See more »


Take My Hand
Music by Carl Friberg
Lyrics by Sandor Stern
Sung by Judy Desmond
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No Reviews For This One? I Can't Believe It!
6 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'll give it a seven. It might have been better but it has been so very long since I saw it.

Basically a disease breaks out on a passenger ship; not everyone starts falling down ill, but they have all been exposed, so the ship is now wary of any dock it tries to enter.

There was also Cassandra Crossing from 1979 and SST: Deathflight to Nowhere, both with all-star casts, Cassandra was a train, Deathflight obviously was a plane.

Each one had a virus running rampant through the transportation and the passengers were quarantined.

Perhaps it was Killer On Board's title that was so misleading.

The cast wasn't that remarkably standing out. Claude Akins? It just seemed very well done, television-wise.

Like Cassandra Crossing, there was a drug-user on the ship. He ended up jumping overboard. On Cassandra, it was Martin Sheen who was the drug-runner.

About the only two incidents I can recall really well (aside from the drug addict) was Patty Duke Astin in another one of her 1970s abused roles; here, she is thrown down a flight of stairs in front of her young son.

The other event was the woman whose husband died and they debated if they should do an autopsy, tho she objected. They decided they had to, to see if he had the disease, and she was very enraged.

My sister thought this woman was Patricia Neal, I thought it was Fritzi Burr, who appeared on episodes of "Sanford & Son" and "What's Happening?" I see now that it was Beatrice Straight (Network), but it may have been Burr as well, because she is listed in the cast also.

Just can't remember how significant this woman's role was.

Not a bad movie, not a badly done subject. Could be redone as this Michael Bay movie "The Island" or whatever it was, was a remake of "Parts: The Clonus Horror".

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