The Cassandra Crossing

6.42 h 8 min1977R
Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?
George P. Cosmatos
Sophia LorenRichard HarrisMartin Sheen
English [CC]
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O.J. SimpsonLee StrasbergAva GardnerBurt Lancaster
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4.3 out of 5 stars

340 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Barbara MReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good, realistic movie.
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I've read through the former reviews, and anyone that thinks this isn't "realistic" is kidding themselves. There is not a government in this world that is going to be honest about the diseases they have in storage, nor are they going to care about killing a thousand or so people to keep that a secret - regardless of whether that disease is a weapon or because they haven't figured out how to kill it. They also aren't going to care about giving those people a 'pass' simply because they stumbled across a cure they didn't see coming. Add in the 'unknown' factor - whether by design or terrorists - and this movie becomes very plausible.
20 people found this helpful
Avid readerReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
How movies used to be made
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I rate this movie for the time it was made. The ‘old fashioned’ way, with many marque stars, no CGI special effects, and if made today, would have much crisper editing. They really don’t make movies like this anymore, and in a way that is too bad. Because in this movie, the plot and characters had to carry the movie, not special effects. Is it a great movie? Perhaps not, but the suspense was kept up, one could not be certain who would survive, if any, and Burt Lancaster’s role of a cog in the military machine following orders was very much to the point. As was stated, he wouldn’t murder 1000 people, but would let 1000 people die.
15 people found this helpful
alistairvilleReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A conveyance is isolated, passengers forced to remain onboard. Sound familiar in 2020?
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In this age of COVID-19, when cruise ships have been denied entrance to ports all over the world, and when passengers have been kept against their will on cruise ships, this film has relevance. It is about a train with passengers infected with a laboratory plague. They get sealed into the train, then sent, intentionally, to a location with a crumbling bridge over which the train must pass, with at least 99% certainty that it will collapse and kill all on board. The cast was A-list late-70s in the leading roles. O.J. Simpson was even one of the leads. Sophia Loren was gorgeous and all actors played their parts well. The plot really revolves around the US military colonel intentionally committing mass murder, and that the authorities cannot be trusted, and that people need to take their destinies into their own hands without blind trust. Very 1970s. But, a rollicking good show of its kind and of its era. Still holds up for viewing in 2020.
9 people found this helpful
Daniel ThomasReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
"Might as well be talking to the dog."
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As always Sophia Loren is easy on the eyes, there is some nice European scenery and Jerry Goldsmith supplies a good musical score to this fast moving but not very good movie. Cassandra Crossing is sometimes funny, Martin Sheen standing on his head after having sex with Ava Gardner, and people smoking as they make out 2 stars is generous. 1.75 out of 5 is more like it.
6 people found this helpful
Ryan P. Ver BerkmoesReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worse than the plague
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An idiotic script, flaccid directing, bad casting and worse acting make this a real dud. The plot is absurd and some of the actors look like they are being held hostage on the set. But one example: as the train is speeding to certain doom and a deadly virus threatens to kill everyone, Sophia Loren takes off her clothes and hops into bed... Atrocious.
4 people found this helpful
Gary Allen Roberts Jr.Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good train movie.
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Good train movie, dramatic, complex, and humorous at times. The critics who dislike it probably compare everything to Lawrence of Arabia. But when comparing it to modern movies, its pretty good.
4 people found this helpful
James PascarellaReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not believable; profanity
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What? An iron curtain country would let an infected train pass through from the West? I realize that profane language seems to be the fashion in modern Hollywood, but there is no need for it.
Marty L. SwankReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It is an action adventure with one of my favorite actors, Richard Harris
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I am surprised this movie is not more readily available on DVD. It is an action adventure with one of my favorite actors, Richard Harris. While not up to the stature of Man In The Wilderness, Man Called Horse, Oliver Cromwell and other great movies by Richard Harris, it should be a must have for Richard Harris fans. Note: Region 2 (Europe) might be a problem with some DVD players but my Laptop Computer easily temporarily changed the viewing to "Region 2". The only questionable performance (in my opinion) was that of Burt Lancaster. Perhaps his heart was not into the movie.
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