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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?


George P. Cosmatos (as George Pan Cosmatos)


Robert Katz (story), George P. Cosmatos (story) (as George Pan Cosmatos) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain
Richard Harris ... Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
Martin Sheen ... Robby Navarro
O.J. Simpson ... Haley
Lionel Stander ... Max, the Train Conductor
Ann Turkel ... Susan
Ingrid Thulin ... Dr. Elena Stradner
Lee Strasberg ... Herman Kaplan
Ava Gardner ... Nicole / Nicole Dressler
Burt Lancaster ... Mackenzie / Colonel Stephen Mackenzie
Lou Castel ... Swedish Terrorist
John Phillip Law ... Major Stack
Ray Lovelock ... Tom
Alida Valli ... Nanny
Stefano Patrizi ... Terrorist


"Outbreak" meets "The Runaway Train" as a motley group of passengers are quarantined on a train destined to prevent the spread of the disease at the cost of their lives. Government intrigue, international smuggling, and the legend of the Cassandra Crossing add to the suspense. Written by <hgwells@magicnet.net>

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A Plague Infested Train Speeds Across Europe To Certain Death At Cassandra Crossing See more »


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Did You Know?


According to the March 17, 1976 edition of Variety, a then recent drop in business on the Swiss Railway line, of about thirty percent, provided the conditions for Italian Producer Carlo Ponti to shoot part of the rail sequences at the large train station situated in Basel, Switzerland. See more »


The train is meant to be leaving from Geneva, but all the departure scenes are at Basel SBB station, the main Swiss station in Basel. Green liveried (still to be seen in 2012) Basel trams can be seen more than once. No on-the-ground railway filming took place in Geneva. This is made even more amusing by the announcements in the background mentioning the next stop as Basel several times. See more »


Nicole Dressler: Oh, what is it all about?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: I'd say a slight case of, uh...food poisoning.
Nicole Dressler: I think either you're a lousy doctor or a lousy liar.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: INTERNATIONAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION Geneva See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The 1980s American video version deletes all the carnage during the final sequence, when half of the train goes onto the bridge, which collapses under it. This version shows the train itself, crashing to the ground, but removes the interior shots of passengers being killed, as well as shots of bodies floating in the river in the aftermath, giving the impression that the front half of the train was empty when it fell. This version also deletes the scene with the song "I'm Still On My Way", sung by the hippies, various instances of cursing and other assorted shots which got the film its R rating in 1976. See more »


Spoofed in Balandra Crossing (1987) See more »


I'm Still On My Way
Composed and Written by Dave Jordan
Published by ATV Music Ltd - London
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Typical 70's fame-o-rama
16 October 2000 | by Count OrlokSee all my reviews

This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Like many disaster films of the 1970's, it follows the formula of giving the token role to the many once great but now fading stars of the time. The plot of this film is only secondary to the real reason it was made. Like most disaster films of the 1970's, the name of the game was to play "Can you find that star?" When you put people like Sophia Loren, Lee Strassberg, Burt Lancaster etc... in these types of movies, you know the main purpose of the picture is to say "Look at all the famous people whose careers have dried up." It's a crying shame that these actors submitted to these roles, for they were and are great talents. Yet another unremarkable series of silly fads which are so characteristic of the 70's, the only things missing were Dean Martin and Liberace, which would have perfectly topped off the structure of tacky fame-mongering methods. What's with Martin Sheen doing headstands as he plays of Ava Gardner's dandy, and also happens to be young enough to be her grandson? If this is your things, than be absolutely sure not to miss such horizon-widening, chock-full-o-fame such as Poseidon Adventure, Airport, Earthquake and Meteor.

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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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