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Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)

A vengeful employee of a computer-controlled railway arranges a head-on collision of passenger trains. Can it be stopped?

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Al Mitchell
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Estes Hill
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Matt Leigh
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John Marsh
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Roy Snyder
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Paula Harvey
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Stuart Peters
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Virginia Kiser
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Victor Prescott, who's real name is Jim Waterman, modifies the computer controlling the railroad track (signals, switches, alarms) between San Francisco and Los Angeles in such a way that two trains are heading towards each other on the same track without anyone being able to prevent the disaster. He wants the railroad company to confess that there was criminal negligence involved in an accident some years before during which a derail caused several fatalities - including Waterman's wife and kids. Written by Alto Speckhardt <Alto.Speckhardt@student.uni-ulm.de>

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29 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Die Weiche steht auf Tod  »

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During the filming of the closeup shots of William Shatner on the outside of the train, the wind machine had to be turned down several times because it would constantly blow off his toupee. See more »

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Los Angeles Union Station is used as the setting for both Los Angeles and San Francisco stations. See more »

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Fun and Exciting
2 September 2003 | by (Bronx, New York City) – See all my reviews

Being an avid railroad buff, I have to say that I really like this movie. There's a fantastic mix of light comedy, romantic drama, and high paced action here. Although the track splicing idea is totally rediculous in the time allowed, (and the foreman was 100% correct, the train was moving way too fast for the weld to hold), it was executed with taste and efficiency.

On the technical end, no train travelling 120 mph could survive a sudden 30 yard track switch. Here in NYC, the Metro North Commuter Railroad uses 100 yard switches that trains can only handle at about 50 mph. That train should have derailed instantly on such a sudden turn. Also, when uncoupling the cars from the locomotive, the sudden decompression of the air lines should have clamped the brakes on in the passenger coaches by locking all the wheels, and not as a slow gradual coasting as depicted.

This is one movie that really should be released on VHS/DVD. There's enough action and suspense here for any action lover. And its a family friendly movie as well.


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