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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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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | French | Swedish | German

Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cassandra Crossing See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Swiss Railway line organization Schweizerische Bundesbahnen-Berne supplied a full train to the production. This included the engine, a dining car, a sleeper, numerous train cars, and carriages. See more »

Goofs

When they are attempting to lower things onto the moving train with a helicopter, it conveniently changes from overhead-powered electric to diesel. Immediately afterwards, it changes back. See more »

Quotes

Col. Stephen Mackenzie: [On speaker phone] I don't have to tell you what we're up against!
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: What you're up against? I may be the only doctor for a thousand potential plague victims if I haven't caught it myself.
Col. Stephen Mackenzie: That's exactly why it's important to contain the disease now and why you'll all be heading for an isolation facility in Poland, where you'll get the very best...
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain: In the meantime, what do you intend I fight it with? Aspirin?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: INTERNATIONAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION Geneva See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All a Game
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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first class compartment
10 April 2008 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A trainload of European and American travelers becomes doomed when a medical terrorist infected with bubonic plague stows away and brings the deadly disease on board. As a way of taking care of the mess, the military solution, which wins out over the medical one, in your typical heated and ongoing debate between a colonel and a doctor, is to seal the train shut, occupy it with well-armed soldiers dressed in white jumpsuits and gas masks, and then send them all to the "Cassandra Crossing", a high metal bridge spanning a river far below, that's just waiting for a reason to collapse. However, a passenger rebellion is organized that's quite exciting, as OJ Simpson (a cop) teams with Richard Harris (a doctor) and Martin Sheen (a heroin addict and the companion of Ava Gardner), to free the train, and somehow disconnect the cars. Given a little more drama and attention, the rebellion could have really made this film great, but the film fits into a suitable conclusion that doesn't do much justice to the issues it deals with.


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