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Avalanche Express (1979)

Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Harry Wargrave
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Gen. Marenkov
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Elsa Lang
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Col. Nikolai Bunin
Joe Namath ...
Leroy
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Julian Scholten (as Horst Bucholz)
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Haller
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Col. Molinari
Kristina Nel ...
Helga Mann
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Geiger
Günter Meisner ...
Rudi Muehler (as Günter Meissner)
Sylva Langova ...
Olga (as Sylvia Langova)
Cyril Shaps ...
Sedov
Vladek Sheybal ...
Zannbin (as Vladets Shebal)
Arthur Brauss ...
Neckerman
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Storyline

When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov, decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. Wargrave decides that Malenkov should travel across Europe by train, on the "Atlantic Express", in an attempt to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train so that they can discover who the Russian secret agents in Europe are. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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The Fast Track For All-Star Adventure.

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Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avalancha Express  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Most obituaries state that Robert Shaw died from a massive heart attack while returning home from filming. Although "Avalanche Express" was an Irish Co_production, no filming took place in Ireland and Shaw was just driving home to his house in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo when he suffered his coronary. See more »

Goofs

When the avalanche smothers the railway just as the train enters a tunnel, the overhead wiring would be brought down and the power supply cut. Since the train is hauled by an electric locomotive, it would be brought to a halt. However, it just keeps going. See more »

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Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Sad conclusion to a great career.
2 September 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The ONLY reason "Avalanche Express" will ever be mentioned again is that actor Robert Shaw died while the film was in production. Sadly even his voice is heard only briefly in two scenes. The rest of his lines had to be dubbed.

It is one of those goofy espionage thrillers with a large cast of mostly has beens that were popular in the 70's. Where else can you see a movie with Joe Namath, Linda Evans, AND Lee Marvin? Yes, bad movie lovers, this is the film for you.

For fans of Shaw , probably any other film he made is better then this one. Pay tribute to this fine actor by watching "The Sting," "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3," "Jaws," or "Black Sunday." Let this drivel disappear into oblivion as it was meant to.


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