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Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)

TV-PG | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 29 October 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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Jim Waterman / Victor Prescott
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Southbound Conductor
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Northbound Conductor
Jacque Lynn Colton ...
Mrs. Shanks
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John Carlson
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Hennessey
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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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Action | Drama

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29 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

As Stuart/Peter (Shatner) yells "Hang On!" over the dead man in the river, The dead man's mouth moves. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Captains (2011) See more »

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Speaking of train wrecks
18 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ah, you have to love the 70s. Time of the made for TV movies.

This train tale of terror includes a lot of separate scenes cut together to appear like some semblance of an actual movie. Scenes range from railroad track construction, several train car interiors, and my favorite: the people gathering to protest. Why or what they are protesting is not really explained but you have to love the shoddy signs and workmanship.

The acting does its best to keep the movie bustling along the tracks. Lloyd Bridges is angry, annoyed and tries to take control pretty much in every scene he is in. I knew I recognized E.G. Marshall from somewhere but didn't recognize him without cockroaches crawling all over as from his performance in the classic Creepshow. E.G. and Lloyd butting heads trying to find a solution provide some highlights.

Bill Shatner saves this from being a true disaster. I can never get enough seeing Bill smoke cigarettes, do his mack daddy Kirk routine, and eluding the authorities all at once. He pretty much stands out whenever on screen and the epic finale makes this worth the ride.

Take the ticket for this 70s version of Speed on trains..except it's better.


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