Friday, May 19, 2017

The Cassandra Crossing 1976

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train so what happens next? Suspense...intrigue...lots of characters and sub-plots.

The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 Disaster - Thriller film directed by George Pan Cosmatos and features an All-Star cast that includes Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner and O. J. Simpson.

An infected Swedish terrorist stows away on this train and inadvertantly infects other passengers. The suspense builds as the Dr. aboard begins to suspect the disease is not as serious as originally thought: after a number of the passengers have become infected, only a few of those have actually died. He radios in suggesting the infected portion of the train be uncoupled and isolated, but encounters resistance and discovers that there is no intention of stopping the train.

Because, as the Dr. suspects if the train should fall, and the Cassandra Crossing collapses, it will neatly cover-up the fact that the U.S has been harboring germ warfare agents in a neutral country. With time running out the passengers on the train work together to stop the train before it reaches the Cassandra Crossing. Will they make it?

It's an All-Star cast epic disaster film that might have been better recieved if the fad for such films had not already passed.

This movie has a little bit of everything, and it's not often that you'll see Burt Lancaster in a role of an unscrupulous character. They only thing this film doesn't have is your usual Sonny Bono cameo, my guess is he wasn't available during the shoot.

What I like best about this film is that the ending is unsettled, it's not predictably resolved into some blissful Hollywood happy ending. The end is yet to be determined. So enjoy.

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Cast

  • Sophia Loren as Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain
  • Richard Harris as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
  • Burt Lancaster as Col. Stephen MacKenzie
  • Martin Sheen as Robby Navarro
  • Lee Strasberg as Herman Kaplan
  • Ava Gardner as Nicole Dressler
  • Ingrid Thulin as Dr. Elena Stradner
  • O. J. Simpson as Haley
  • Lionel Stander as Max (Train Conductor)
  • Alida Valli as Nanny
  • Ann Turkel as Susan
  • John Phillip Law as Major Stack
  • Lou Castel as Swedish terrorist
  • Ray Lovelock as Tom
  • John P. Dulaney as Bobby
  • Thomas Hunter as Captain Scott
  • Fausta Avelli as Caterina

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