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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?

Director:

George P. Cosmatos (as George Pan Cosmatos)

Writers:

Robert Katz (story), George P. Cosmatos (story) (as George Pan Cosmatos) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain
Richard Harris ... Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
Martin Sheen ... Robby Navarro
O.J. Simpson ... Haley (as O. J. Simpson)
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
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"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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At noon on October 25th, the Transcontinental Express left Geneva Station with almost one thousand people aboard. Their destination: Basel, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. No one arrived. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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UK | Italy | West Germany | USA

Language:

English | French | Swedish | German

Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cassandra Crossing See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The time on the station clocks 09.20 when the majority of characters boards the train, 11.28 when the camera points towards the back of the train as Jennifer Chamberlain is boarding the departing train, 09.05 when the camera points to the front of the train as Jennifer Chamberlain is boarding the train, 09.22 in the first b-roll shot of the train leaving the station and then 09.21 shortly afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: You can wash for a week. It will not make the slightest bit of difference.
Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain: What would you prescribe, doctor?
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: Stop breathing! That is how the disease is transmitted.
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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 »

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Spoofed in Balandra Crossing (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All a Game
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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A potential deadly virus rides the rails, and the only prevention may be an unsafe bridge crossing at Cassandra.
6 July 2001 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

This film, released in 1976, was another one of the star-filled disaster movies of the 70's that had audiences wondering which players were going to survive, and which ones were doomed. Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen, and O.J. Simpson head the starring roles, and that list does perk the interest for viewers. The only drawback is the first part of the film does spend a bit too much time in developing character interactions, and the like, which does subtract from the story itself.

A terrorist group stages a raid on an International Health Building in Geneva. One of the terrorists manages to escape, but becomes a carrier of a very dangerous plague virus. He boards a train that is scheduled to go to Stockholm, and in doing so, exposes many of the passengers to the virus. Lancaster is called in to handle the rescue operation, and he decides to send the train to a crossing in Poland that is unsafe. In his mind, it is better to sacrifice a 1,000 lives, instead of spreading the virus all over Europe. Richard Harris, a doctor on board the doomed train, believes those that are sick, are recovering, and he pushes for a different solution. Col. MacKenzie (Lancaster) refuses to accept that answer, and the train is sent towards the Cassandra Crossing, and certain destruction, if Harris is unable to stage a rescue effort on his own.

I rated this a 6/10, only because of the slowness in developing the characters. Once the train leaves Geneva, and the seriousness of the matter is realized, this film does keep the audience involved.


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