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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than most recent disaster epics!
Ahh, this movie is just great. Just over two hours of non-stop action, an all-star cast, nice European scenery and brilliantly photographed train footage. In this sometimes cheesy buy wholly entertaining movie, terrorists attempt to blow up the International Health Organisation in Geneva. The attempt fails, oen is shot and two are accidentally infected with a germ...
Published on 10 July 2000 by Mr N Forbes-warren

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3.0 out of 5 stars Second class entertainment at its finest!
Sometimes you want nothing more than to turn your brain off and settle down to a slice of Europudding. Lew Grade and Carlo Ponti's Anglo-Italian co-production The Cassandra Crossing is a perfect example. Full of fattening but empty calories and boasting an Irish, Italian, American, German and anybody else who wasn't busy that month cast of fading stars, a Greek director...
Published on 10 Sep 2006 by Trevor Willsmer


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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than most recent disaster epics!, 10 July 2000
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Mr N Forbes-warren "author of RESURGENCE and ... (Newport, South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
Ahh, this movie is just great. Just over two hours of non-stop action, an all-star cast, nice European scenery and brilliantly photographed train footage. In this sometimes cheesy buy wholly entertaining movie, terrorists attempt to blow up the International Health Organisation in Geneva. The attempt fails, oen is shot and two are accidentally infected with a germ warfare virus. One of them later dies in hospital, the other escapes and boards a train bound for Stockholm. When the authorities learn of the threat to Europe as the train gathers speed, it is up to Colonel Mackenzie(well acted by Burt Lancaster) to prevent a disastrous epidemic. As no country will let passengers off, he reroutes the train to Poland and the Cassandra Crossing bridge, unused since 1948. On board the train, a beautiful writer(Sophia Loren) and a brilliant brain surgeon(Richard Harris) must fight the plague - and stop the train before it means certain death for everyone. And the pace never slackens, after an explosive opening until the nail-biting and spectacular climax, this movie bombs along with a real sense of urgency, with pulsating action and a great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second class entertainment at its finest!, 10 Sep 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
Sometimes you want nothing more than to turn your brain off and settle down to a slice of Europudding. Lew Grade and Carlo Ponti's Anglo-Italian co-production The Cassandra Crossing is a perfect example. Full of fattening but empty calories and boasting an Irish, Italian, American, German and anybody else who wasn't busy that month cast of fading stars, a Greek director and shot in Switzerland and France with the profits from The Muppet Show, it's a prime example of that much maligned genre, the conspiracy/disease/disaster/train/action/thriller. Richard Harris and the co-producer's missus Sophia Loren take the leads as the glamorous twice-divorced couple - he conveniently a doctor, she a pulp novelist - who find themselves on the same train as Martin Sheen's drug smuggling toyboy gigolo mountain climber (seen in one surreal moment standing on his head on a bed wearing only Y-fronts while Ava Gardner applauds), O.J. Simpson's gun-toting not-really-a-priest (and yes, he does go down), Lee Strasberg's concentration camp survivor muttering "I can't go back to Poland" (some of my relatives feel the same, Lee), Lionel Stander's loveable conductor (yes, he's called Max and he looks after them), the then-Mrs Harris, Ann Turkel as a free-spirited hippie chick who can't sing (or do much about her boyfriend's premature ejaculation problem either for that matter), and, critically, Lou Castel's sweaty Swedish terrorist (described in one memorable exchange as a "sweaty pervert"). The reason he's sweating is he's got a nasty strain of Pneumonic Plague that the Americans were planning on destroying (honest) in Geneva before he and his ill-fated pal tried to blow up the lab.

While Ingrid Thulin's humanitarian doctor tries to find a way of saving the passengers and Burt Lancaster's American general tries to find a more permanent containment solution involving a rickety bridge en route to a disused WW2 Polish `isolation' camp ("It's a Warsaw Pact country but we can't do anything about that") in one of those flashing light control rooms with minimalist glass maps (you can just imagine them exchanging anecdotes about the days when they were working with Visconti inbetween takes), it's up to Richard Harris to save the day. Boy, are those passengers in trouble - he's such a responsible doctor that when he sees a sweaty Castel panting and heaving over a bowl of rice pudding he doesn't even tell the nun sitting opposite him in the dining car that she might want to try the trifle instead, so we know that a lot of the passengers aren't going to make it. Oh, did I mention the `cute' little girl? Alida Valli's governess? John Phillip Law's `sinister' military aide?

There's an enjoyably overwrought Jerry Goldsmith score (the only one to include an entire cue used in a previous score, in this case a reorchestrated cue from Islands in the Stream), some better than expected production values and worse than expected back-projection and one real howler of a continuity goof as the locomotive changes type two-thirds through the film. But most of all, it's just demented enough in its straight-faced way to be great fun if you're in the right mood. Director George Pan Cosmatos may have been a hack, but he was a very proficient one, as an extremely well executed and impressively edited opening raid on the World Health Organisation - sorry, International Health Organization's headquarters demonstrates. It also has some genuinely impressive camerawork (including a couple of shots I still can't work out how they got) and what is easily the best transfer of a sick Basset hound from a moving train to a helicopter before the train hits a tunnel action setpiece in screen history. Now THAT'S entertainment!

Carlton's DVD has no extras but does offer a more or less acceptable widescreen transfer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic trill ride, 19 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
Step back and enjoy the pleasure of real superstars at their best,action drama and thats just the opening 5 mins
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy..., 7 May 2001
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
One of the best disaster films of the 70's. This one belongs with all the others in the collection, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure etc. Sophia Loren is exquisite, Ava Gardner is breathtaking & so is the whole cast. The effects are well made, the plot although familiar still works with most audiences. It's done with class and a lot of style. Picturesque! Don't Miss It!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "good 'old fashioned' disaster movie", 31 Jan 2012
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Rock Dog! ""Webbo!"" (Runcorn, Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
saw this film years ago when I was but a lad, think it was on one Christmas, good story line I thought, good story then & good now too. My nine year old asked "what century was it made dad?" When I told him that the late Richard Harris also played Albus D in Harry Potter he couldn't believe it!! If you like films from this 'far away' era then this one's for you, also recommend North Sea Hijack, Terror on the Britannia (Juggeranut), 2 Minute Warning, & Rollercoaster - these are the disaster movies that disaster movies are made of!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 27 Jan 2011
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Ms. Nicola J. Booth "Nicola" (Guildford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
Hadn't seen this film in sometime, it was the first time my husband saw the film and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Typical 70's Disaster Movie, 31 Aug 2006
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D. Townson "Ulverston Quizman" (Ulverston, Cumbria, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
I watched The Cassandra Crossing yesterday (30th August 2006) on BBC1, expecting it to be a load of tripe. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, the usual characters in a 70's disaster movie (suave hero (Harris), glamorous co-star (Loren), tough boss (Lancaster), cute kids, black man, nun, Jew) were there, and also Lionel Stander playing the train conductor, Max (does he get confused if his character is called anything else?), but I was gripped from the start all the way to the finish, even though the train seen at the end was SO obviously a toy train, and not a very good one at that! I wonder if there will be a 21st-century remake using state-of-the-art computer animation? Steven Spielberg, please take note.

The idea of a plague-infected terrorist spreading the disease to the passengers was an original idea. I can definitely recommend this on a rainy evening.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Disaster Movies Of The 70's, And better than Silver Streak, 13 Dec 2006
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Mr. Jack Gray "jackmaster" (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cassandra Crossing [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
In 1976, two rail-orientated films were released : "Silver Streak", directed by Arthur Hiller, and the more superior disaster-epic, "The Cassandra Crossing", directed by George Pan Cosmatos.

The Cassandra Crossing centres around the chain of events of two terrorists mounting a raid on The International Health Organisation in Geneva, and results in both becoming infected with the plague, and one of them escaping on the Euro-Continental Express carrying this deadly epidemic.

Enter Richard Harris as Dr Johnathan Chamberlain, Ingrid Thulin, as Dr Stradler, and Burt Lancaster as the unpleasant Colonel Steven MacKenzie as the main players as each one of them has a different method of containing the disease.

Lee Strasberg's, Mr Kaplan is one of the most effective characters in the film as he is scared, and apprenhensive when the passengers learn that their route, which is Janov, Poland involves crossing an unsafe bridge, hence the name Cassandra Crossing which was named after the trojan princess whose predictions never came true, and that people lived under it, but moved away long after. Due to the fact that we learn that part of that line was closed in 1948, Chamberlain challenges MacKenzie to uncouple a section of the train to isolate the rest of the passengers from the infected area, but MacKenzie is adamant that the train will not be stopped at any cost which leads Chamberlain to lead an attempt to take over the train. Richard Harris's character is the more sympathetic here as he is more concerned with the welfare of the passengers than Lancaster's Colonel MacKenzie whose decision not to stop the train has fatal consequences. Aided by Sophia Loren, Chamberlain manages to save most of the 1000 passengers.

With Ava Gardner, Martin Sheen, OJ Simpson, and Lionel Standler as excellent support this easily outclasses Arthur Hiller's Silver Streak in every field.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars region 1 ntsc, 9 Mar 2013
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1.85.1 ratio picture grainy.all star disaster/thriller made on the back end of the disaster movie craze in the seventies.this has a R rate supposedly there were a number of versions toning down the train crash at the end.it dose seem slightly longer.just switch off and sit and watch and you wont tax those brain cells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the, 4 Feb 2013
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the casandria crossing the film was as good as i expected it to be and it arrived on time good
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