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Avalanche Express (1979)

Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors:

Mark Robson, Monte Hellman (uncredited)

Writers:

Abraham Polonsky (screenplay), Colin Forbes (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Col. Harry Wargrave
Robert Shaw ... Gen. Marenkov
Linda Evans ... Elsa Lang
Maximilian Schell ... Col. Nikolai Bunin
Joe Namath ... Leroy
Horst Buchholz ... Julian Scholten (as Horst Bucholz)
Mike Connors ... Haller
Claudio Cassinelli ... Col. Molinari
Kristina Nel Kristina Nel ... Helga Mann
David Hess ... Geiger
Günter Meisner ... Rudi Muehler (as Günter Meissner)
Sylva Langova Sylva Langova ... Olga (as Sylvia Langova)
Cyril Shaps ... Sedov
Vladek Sheybal ... Zannbin (as Vladets Shebal)
Arthur Brauss ... Neckerman
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Storyline

When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov, decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. Wargrave decides that Malenkov should travel across Europe by train, on the "Atlantic Express", in an attempt to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train so that they can discover who the Russian secret agents in Europe are. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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Taglines:

The Fast Track For All-Star Adventure.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El expreso de los espías See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Mark Robson. See more »

Goofs

When the avalanche smothers the railway just as the train enters a tunnel, the overhead wiring would be brought down and the power supply cut. Since the train is hauled by an electric locomotive, it would be brought to a halt. However, it just keeps going. See more »

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Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Bad Bad Bad
11 March 2007 | by garyldibertSee all my reviews

This movie hit the screens on October 19 1979 starring Lee Marvin as Col Harry Wargrave, Robert Shaw as General Marenkov and Linda Evans as Elsa Lang. Senior Russian official General Malenkov wants to defect to the Western part of Russia. So the CIA sends one of there top agents, Harry Wargrave to make sure that the General gets to where he wants to go. Malenkov reveals to the CIA that the Russian underground is trying to develop biological weapons and no one is suppose to know about this. Therefore, with Malenkov knowing all this information the CIA decides it would be better for Malenkov to go by train instead of by air across Europe. However, the CIA is after more information then the General can give them so they put the General a train call the Avalanche Express in order to draw the Russian Secret Agents out in order to fine the leader of the group. During the train ride across Europe the CIA has to deal with terrorist attacks and an *********. This movie was as bad as bad can get. I bought this movie because of Linda Evans and I was so disappointed. The only comment I have is don't waste your money on this film because it just wasn't worth it. I give this movie just 1 weasel star and it doesn't even deserve the 1 star.


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