The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edward Andrews ...  Harry Flood 9 episodes, 1979
Harrison Page ...  George Boone 9 episodes, 1979
Robert Alda ...  Dr. Dan Lewis 9 episodes, 1979
Patrick Collins ...  Dave Noonan 5 episodes, 1979
Nita Talbot ...  Rose Casey 5 episodes, 1979
Aarika Wells ...  Gilda 5 episodes, 1979
Bill Nuckols Bill Nuckols ...  Wally 5 episodes, 1979
Michael DeLano ...  Lou Atkins 5 episodes, 1979
Charlie Brill ...  Robert 5 episodes, 1979
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Zooming from one end of America to another, "Supertrain" is a vision of railroading of the future. The super-train, equipped with restaurants, pools, spas, theaters, etc., delivers passengers to wherever they're going. In "Love Boat"-type style, each week's guest passengers have their problems to resolve before the end of their trip. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Mystery...romance...suspense!

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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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Super Trem See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It's been said that the failure of this show, along with the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics (which NBC was supposed to cover), nearly bankrupted NBC. See more »

Goofs

When Supertrain emerges from its terminal, there is a steam locomotive on an adjacent track, roughly 25 years after most would have been retired. I believe this shot appeared at the beginning of each episode. See more »

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Referenced in Repossessed (1990) See more »

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Much ado about absolutely nothing
26 May 2001 | by MartaSee all my reviews

If you weren't watching TV back in 1978-1979, you can't know how much hype NBC subjected the public to over this inane piece of fluff. For months before it premiered, at 10 minute intervals during prime time, there were commercials about this supposedly innovative series. The money spent on "Supertrain" and it's advertising would have helped everyone under the poverty line in America to buy a house and a car and still have money left over, and would have been much better spent. It was truly a case of overkill, especially when the series premiered and it was such a glittering piece of trash from the first moment.

There wasn't an interesting story during the entire run, just lots of flash; Hollywood will never learn that if the story is good everything else will fall into place. Each episode was the same. Lots of boring people boarding the train, the train moving somewhere, lots of boring people leaving the train. This sounds like "Loveboat" on the rails, and it was. But at least most of the episodes on "Loveboat" had a plot.

Fred Silverman took so much heat for this garbage, and he deserved it. His face was everywhere at the time, and he was being touted as a pioneer - all Hollywood hype. Suffice to say, "Supertrain" was his "Heaven's Gate," and it quickly died. There's no chance anyone will ever see this series again; it's simply not interesting enough to rebroadcast, thank goodness.


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