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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
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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
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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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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Monte Hellman finished the direction of this film after director Mark Robson passed away. Gene Corman (brother of Roger Corman) completed Robson's duties as producer. 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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Dreadful espionage thriller.
17 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

From the hilariously overdubbed Russian dialogue (in the very first scene to boot; what a great way to start your movie!) to the badly miscast actors (Maximilian Schell as a top Russian official???) and from the unexciting action scenes (full of inept bad guys who can't shoot straight) to the trite "May-December" romance between Lee Marvin and Linda Evans, "Avalanche Express" demonstrates how easy it is to screw everything up in this genre. In its defense, it's not as awful as, say, "The Kremlin Letter"; there is also some good on-location shooting in Europe. Despite the title, the "avalanche" part of the movie doesn't take up more than five minutes. (*)


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