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Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)

A vengeful employee of a computer-controlled railway arranges a head-on collision of passenger trains. Can it be stopped?

Director:

Richard C. Sarafian (as Richard Sarafian)

Writer:

David Ambrose
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Al Mitchell
Raymond Burr ... Estes Hill
Robert Fuller ... Matt Leigh
Pat Hingle ... John Marsh
E.G. Marshall ... Roy Snyder
Yvette Mimieux ... Paula Harvey
William Shatner ... Stuart Peters
Paul L. Smith ... Jim Waterman / Victor Prescott
Arthur Malet ... Southbound Conductor
Harry Caesar ... Northbound Conductor
Jacque Lynn Colton Jacque Lynn Colton ... Mrs. Shanks
Lane Smith ... John Carlson
Sandy McPeak ... Hennessey
Virginia Kiser
Rockne Tarkington
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Victor Prescott, who's real name is Jim Waterman, modifies the computer controlling the railroad track (signals, switches, alarms) between San Francisco and Los Angeles in such a way that two trains are heading towards each other on the same track without anyone being able to prevent the disaster. He wants the railroad company to confess that there was criminal negligence involved in an accident some years before during which a derail caused several fatalities - including Waterman's wife and kids. Written by Alto Speckhardt <Alto.Speckhardt@student.uni-ulm.de>

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Weiche steht auf Tod See more »

Filming Locations:

East Lyme, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Burr and E.G. Marshall appeared on Ironside (1967). See more »

Goofs

The train is derailed somewhere between Los Angeles and San Fransisco, but after jumping off the train, Shatner was arrested by officers of the East Lyme PD, which is in Connecticut, not in California. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Captains (2011) See more »

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Take the A train
29 November 2000 | by Uffe-13See all my reviews

Effective TV-movie about two trains on collision course due to sabotage. Not as silly as many other disaster movies, but equally star-cluttered. William Shatner is funny as a con man, who might not be such a bad person after all. Exciting with good special effects.


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