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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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Jim Waterman / Victor Prescott
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John Carlson
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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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Referenced in The Captains (2011) See more »

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classic disaster movie
8 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Two commuter trains are set on a collision course by a computer programmer who has a grudge against the railroad company. It is then a race against time to save the hundreds of passengers on the two trains (including the vice presidents wife) from impending disaster.

Reasons to love this movie

  • Its full of stars - the guy from star trek, the guy from ironside,


the guy from men in black its great to see all these 'stars' and to see how they were then.

  • Its got tension, excitement and the implausible ending (which any


classic disaster movie needs) -

Finally it has Lloyd Bridges reprising his role from Airplane - "Now, this is no time for coffee" What more do you need?


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