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>
During the filming of the close-up shots of William Shatner on the outside of the train, the wind machine had to be turned down several times, because it would constantly blow off his toupée. See more »
The hijacker sets up a 1978 Sharp Sidekick portable television to stay informed of media reports as he drives the train. The picture on the television's screen is shown in color but this model only produced a black and white picture. See more »
Two commuter trains are set on a collision course by a computer programmer who has a grudge against the railroad company. It is then a race against time to save the hundreds of passengers on the two trains (including the vice presidents wife) from impending disaster.
Reasons to love this movie
Its full of stars - the guy from star trek, the guy from ironside, the guy from men in black its great to see all these 'stars' and to see how they were then.
Its got tension, excitement and the implausible ending (which any classic disaster movie needs) -
Finally it has Lloyd Bridges reprising his role from Airplane - "Now, this is no time for coffee" What more do you need?
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