I really like this movie.
Does any one else?share
Good action film, to be sure. Those helicopter sequences are excellent. There are a number of holes that should have been patched, though...
I remember it. Spring of 1991, and me, then 11 and a half years old. My parents brought a video cassette player. A neighbour sold out his VHS cassettes collection. I brought Return Of The Jedi, some Bond flick (cannot remember which one) and this one. I watched this, I remember, on a Sunday afternoon.
An experience. The music (excellent!!!!), the aerial photography... It shocked me. For a week I was unable to talk about anything else.
I watched this far too many times to count. I remember that at some time, I was watching this at least once a week, making my parents and friends crazy.
Good to know that somebody else really likes this movie.
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this is just a unique classic film and would be hard to believe that only 3 people like this film. Trust me, this is unforgettable film to many of my friends or people i know.share
I also like this film, I'ts an enjoyable lazy sat afternoon classic!
Hopefully we'll get another dvd re-issue
I just watched this film for the first time ever tonight. Yeah, I quite liked it as well.share
I loved this movie many years ago as a child, being a train buff at the time(and still a bit now, buying and selling model trains on eBAy), and still love it today, in spite of its cheesiness. Take into account what movies have stolen plot ideas from it, and admittedly, my first novel RESURGENCE(www.lulu.com/resurgence) borrowed a bioweapon on a train plot here but brought it up to date, and consider there was no such thing as cGI FX in 1976, the climax looks hot! TAke a look a the stellar cast which today's budget constraits could not afford now, the awful song(clock the seated guitarist's technique, that's no Maybelle Carter Scratch, ha ha) typical of many a disaster movie then(re Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno songs by Al Kasha/Joel Hirschorn), the irritating child('Catherina! Let the gentleman alone! cough cough), and a genuine sense of urgency that keeps one watching and you have an ahead of its time potboiler.
Clock the music by Jerry Goldsmith as well, a score that fits with the action. And the main theme? James Blunt ripped it off . . .
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One phone call - and a train carrying deadly disease could pass thru the Iron Curtain? In the 70s? Too simple.
Some goofs are there too. I noticed 2 goofs personally.
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VERY well said my friend. Your words should be the motto of this site! 8=))
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Same here! One of my favourite Eurothrillers I have ever seen (Next to "Spoorloos", "Das Boot", "Nikita", and others). I can't understand WHY it is called a disaster flick, when all that this is is a Eurothriller (and a superb one at that!).share
Yeah, I saw this as a young boy one very late Friday night on TV,I remember I was so sad for the people who did not make it...
I only found this again recently and I am now in my late thirties.
Funny how your brain distorts what you think you saw.
I never forgot the dude who got the rail through his guts.
Pretty cool movie even today.
I just finished watching this movie again, after about ten years and the reason still stands for why I like this movie.
I begins as a disaster flick about a contagion, and then changes into an action flick when the passengers fight for survival when they find out they don't need to die. And it works like a charm.
Also, if you look at it, The Cassandra Crossing is, in my opinion, the peak of the 70's disaster flick. It was all downhill from there with films like The Swarm, Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, and METEOR, the film which basicly destroyed American International Pictures due to it's high budget for a low budget independant film company and allowed Filmways to buy A.I.P. outright.
And lets not forget the final big budget disaster film of the time When Time Ran Out: is it a name of a movie or an apt description of the disaster genre at that time? You decide.
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Yeah i thought it was good.
Very well acted and good action sequences, im still completely shocked about the ending though.
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Yeah, Ava Gardner & Sophia Loren are incredibly beautiful in it. They both had to be in there 30's & 40's. Too funny to see Martin Sheen as the "boy toy". Burt Lancaster is cool in it too. I don't really like OJ Simpson anymore, but I can't believe how unbelievably good he is in this movie.share
Don't forget terrific photography and a great score. I, too, love Ms. Loren in this film.
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I had never heard of the Cassandra Crossing until seeing it just recently on Showtime. I am of an older generation that remembers these epic movies and disaster type films from the 1970's. I still enjoy watching these great actors from the past -- Sophia, Burt Lancaster, Liz Taylor, Ava and many more. I know many on the board have really criticized this movie for supposedly a ridiculous plot. Yes it may have flaws and goofs in plausibility of story, but it is still an exciting movie to watch. The scenery is breathtaking and glamour of train and stars is enough to keep one entranced.share
[ Yeah, Ava Gardner & Sophia Loren are incredibly beautiful in it. They both had to be in there 30's & 40's ]
Actually more like 40's and 50's. Trust me, Ava definitely had had some work done by that time. I agree they were both beautiful. I didn't like O.J. at all. He's fine in action parts but i he had to actually act he was bad. I liked the film. No major classic award winning film but it was fun.
Sophia was 42 and Ava 54, or a year younger if it was presumably shot the year before it came out.share
perfect, post sex, sunday afternoon cheesake.
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i have to admit i dug it, cheesy yes but in a good way. the music was awesomely 70's and the acting pretty solid (for the most part, richard harris and sophia were both very good and ava camped it up nicely) some nice twists and turns and the director threw everything but the kitchen sink into the mixshare
I admit it is a bit silly at times, and definitely not as good and spectacular as "The Towering Inferno" or any of the "Airport" films. But it has a good cast, some decent suspense and action moments, and a few memorable lines between Harris-Loren and Gardner-Sheen that always make me smile. Good fun for a lazy Sunday afternoon.share
Yes, I admit, I liked it despite the holes and errors. Still, it remains one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
She doesn`t quite chop his head off. She makes a Pez dispenser out of him.