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Cassandra Crossing

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This bizarre entry into the disaster film genre concerns a group of hapless passengers aboard a transcontinental luxury train who are infected with a viral plague by a group of terrorists. Burt Lancaster plays military man Mackenzie, who wants to send the train across a rickety bridge so all the passengers will die, with Mackenzie reasoning the tragedy will give the terrorist movement a bad name. Among the passengers on the train trying to build up antibodies are Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain Sophia Loren; Nicole ...
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Overview

This bizarre entry into the disaster film genre concerns a group of hapless passengers aboard a transcontinental luxury train who are infected with a viral plague by a group of terrorists. Burt Lancaster plays military man Mackenzie, who wants to send the train across a rickety bridge so all the passengers will die, with Mackenzie reasoning the tragedy will give the terrorist movement a bad name. Among the passengers on the train trying to build up antibodies are Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain Sophia Loren; Nicole Ava Gardner, who is embroiled in an affair with a younger man named Robby Navarro Martin Sheen; and Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain Richard Harris, a physician who wants to save the passengers but ends up duking it out with the terrorists.
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Editorial Reviews

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This late-period entry into the disaster epic genre isn't the worst of the bunch but it's also far from the best. The Cassandra Crossing starts well enough, setting up its 'spread of a plague' premise with a crackerjack action sequence and several brisk scenes that introduce its main players. However, the story becomes bogged down once the train starts moving, limping its way through a lot of pulp-y melodrama as it slowly works its way towards an action-heavy finale. George Cosmatos directs the goings-on with reasonable sense of polish, although he's clearly more comfortable with the action rather than the drama -- and his work in that area is sometimes hamstrung by some cheap-looking special effects. The best aspect of the film is its star-studded cast: Richard Harris delivers a stronger and more committed performance than the film really deserves, Sophia Loren acquits herself nicely as his on-again/off-again lover and Burt Lancaster does solid work as a nefarious government figure. Also of note are colorful character turns by Martin Sheen as a gigolo with secrets to hide and Lee Strasberg as a pickpocket with a tragic backstory. Ultimately, The Cassandra Crossing is a pro-forma piece of work; an acceptable time-waster but nothing more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • UPC: 012235109533
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Jennifer
Richard Harris Chamberlain
Ava Gardner Nicole
Burt Lancaster MacKenzie
Martin Sheen Navarro
Ingrid Thulin Elena
Lee Strasberg Kaplan
John Phillip Law Stack
Ann Turkel Susan
O.J. Simpson Father Haley
Lionel Stander Conductor
Raymond Lovelock Tom
Alida Valli Mrs. Chadwick
Lou Castel Driver
Stefano Patrizi Attendant
Fausta Avelli Katherine
Carlo de Mejo Patient
Thomas "Bugs" Hunter Capt. Scott
Technical Credits
George Pan Cosmatos Director, Screenwriter
Giuseppe Banchelli Makeup
Adrianna Berselli Costumes/Costume Designer
Fran├žoise Bonnot Editor
Tony Brandt Asst. Director
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director
Antonio Gabrielli Asst. Director
Aldo Gasparri Special Effects
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Lew Grade Producer
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Robert Katz Screenwriter
Tom Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Carlo Palmieri Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Pieuchot Production Manager
Carlo Ponti Producer
Tazio Secciaroli Camera Operator, Special Effects
Roberto Silvi Editor
Mario Van Riel Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RICHARD HARRIS SHOULD GET TOP BILLING!

    WOW!! THIS IS ANOTHER ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RICHARD HARRIS MOVIE THAT ANY RICHARD HARRIS FAN SHOULD WATCH!! MY ONLY ANNOYANCE FROM THIS VIDEO IS THAT RICHARD HARRIS SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOP BILLING!! HERE'S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT: HIS 2ND WIFE ANN TURKEL STARS IN THE MOVIE ALONG SIDE HIM!! ANYWAY, A MUST-SEE.

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