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19 October 1979 (USA) See more »
The Fast Track For All-Star Adventure.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lee Marvin ... Col. Harry Wargrave

Robert Shaw ... Gen. Marenkov

Linda Evans ... Elsa Lang

Maximilian Schell ... Col. Nikolai Bunin

Joe Namath ... Leroy

Horst Buchholz ... Julian Scholten (as Horst Bucholz)

Mike Connors ... Haller
Claudio Cassinelli ... Col. Molinari
Kristina Nel ... Helga Mann

David Hess ... 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

Sky du Mont ... Philip John (as Sky Dumont)

Richard Marner ... Field Marshal Prachko
Arnold Drummond ... Commissar (Maxim Gorky)
Paul Glawion ... Alfredo

Dan van Husen ... Bernardo (as Dan Van Husen)
Rainer Steffen ... 1st Policeman
Dieter Groest ... 2nd Policeman
Hans-Jürgen Leuthen ... Dutch Customs Man (as Hans Jürgen Luethen)
Maximilian Wolters ... Swiss Officer
Gudo Hoegel ... Adjutant of Molinari (as Guido Hoegel)

Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... 1st Signal Man
Erland Erlandsen ... 2nd Signal Man (as Erland Erlandson)
Walter Kraus ... Engineer
Osman Ragheb ... Security Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Gen. Marenkov (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Monte Hellman (uncredited)
Writing credits
Abraham Polonsky (screenplay)

Colin Forbes (novel)

Produced by
Lynn Guthrie .... associate producer
Mark Robson .... producer
Original Music by
Allyn Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Garth Craven 
Monte Hellman (uncredited)
Production Design by
Fred Tuch 
Set Decoration by
Elke Etzold 
Travis Nixon 
Costume Design by
Mickey Sherrard  (as Mickey Shirrard)
Makeup Department
Ago von Sperl .... makeup artist (as Ago Von Sperl)
Rüdiger von Sperl .... makeup artist (as Rudiger Von Sperl)
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager
Rudolf Geiger .... production supervisor (as Rudi Geiger)
Karl Schaffer .... production supervisor
Lynn Guthrie .... production manager (uncredited)
Peter Naguschewski .... second unit manager (uncredited)
Stefan Zürcher .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don French .... second assistant director
Alan Gibbs .... director: boat battle sequence
Wieland Liebske .... assistant director (as Weiland Liebske)
Jon Paré .... second assistant director: Apogee
Gerald Walsh .... assistant director: Apogee
Art Department
Ralph Aubert .... property master: boat battle sequence
Sam Gordon .... property master
Ed Graves .... art director for miniatures
Eberhard Schwartz .... property buyer
Frank White .... laborer
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... re-recording mixer
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects (as Fred Brown)
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (as Charles McFadden)
Michele Sharp .... sound effects (as Michele Sharp Brown)
George Stephenson .... sound mixer (as George Stevenson)
Caryl Wickman .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Jeff Clifford .... assistant: special effects
Peter Dawson .... assistant: special effects
Ross Hahn .... special effects: boat battle sequence
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects gaffer: Apogee (as Richard Helmer)
Bill Nipper .... assistant: special effects, Apogee
Dragomir Stanojevic .... special effects (as Dragomir Stanojevic-Bata Kameni)
Kit West .... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Alexander .... cine technician: Apogee
David Beasley .... model construction crew: Apogee
John Dykstra .... supervisor of special effects: Apogee
Jonathan Erland .... model construction crew: Apogee (as Jon Erland)
Bruce Logan .... supervisor of special effects: Apogee
Cass McCune .... production coordinator: Apogee
Grant McCune .... chief model maker: Apogee
John Ramsey .... model construction crew: Apogee
David Scott .... model construction crew: Apogee
Robert Shepherd .... effects production manager: Apogee
David Sosalla .... model construction crew: Apogee
Tom Lupo .... stunt coordination: boat battle sequence
Dragomir Stanojevic .... stunts (as Dragomir Stanojevic-Bata Kameni)
Jack Cooper .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford .... stunt double: Linda Evans (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Lupo .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard A. Anderson III .... director of photography: boat battle sequence (as Howard Anderson II)
Terry Bowen .... first assistant camera: Apogee (as E.T. Bowen)
Brink Brydon .... gaffer: Apogee
John Cardiff .... assistant camera operator
Dick Deats .... grip: Apogee (as Richard Deats)
Jerry Deats .... grip: Apogee
Frank Heeney .... gaffer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... grip (as Chunky Huse)
Alec Mills .... camera operator
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Roger L. Smith .... camera operator: Apogee (as Roger Smith)
Miki Thomas .... assistant camera operator
Michael Waldleitner .... clapper/loader
Federico Del Zoppo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Federico Del Zoppo .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anton Eder .... wardrobe man
Friedel Schröder .... wardrobe mistress (as Friedl Schroeder)
Editorial Department
Veronika Manchot .... assistant film editor (as Veronica Manchot)
Ken Morrisey .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Jack English .... location manager
Music Department
Bodie Chandler .... music coordinator
Allyn Ferguson .... conductor
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Bea Blondell .... production controller
Elke Busch .... production secretary
Betty Chaplin .... script supervisor
Veronika Daisenberger .... production secretary
Willy Egger .... production executive: Bavaria
Anthony Foutz .... production consultant
Pam Hauser .... production secretary
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Burke Mattsson .... title design
Rospo Pallenberg .... production consultant
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor (as Trudy Von Trotha)
Elizabeth Yanoska .... production accountant
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Michael Davenport .... assistant: Mark Robson (uncredited)
Gene Corman .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to, for their post production services
Monte Hellman .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to, for their post production services

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88 min | UK:85 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1989) | Finland:(Banned) (1979) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: 84m) (1987) (1998) | USA:PG
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The route of the train journey was from Milan, Italy to Rotterdam, Holland.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The tyres of the terrorists Mercedes squeal but they are on snow.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sad conclusion to a great career., 2 September 1999
Author: chez-3 from Chicago

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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