Review: ‘The Cassandra Crossing’

The Cassandra Crossing is a tired, hokey and sometimes unintentionally funny disaster film in which a trainload of disease-exposed passengers lurch to their fate.

The Cassandra Crossing is a tired, hokey and sometimes unintentionally funny disaster film in which a trainload of disease-exposed passengers lurch to their fate.

One is asked to accept the premise that a terrorist bomber, accidentally exposed to some awesome plague, spreads the disease aboard a European express train. Mismatched leading players, all play directly to the camera, for themselves only, without betraying a hint of belief in their script.

While Richard Harris, cast as a brilliant doctor, is active among those posturing leads on the train, Burt Lancaster and Ingrid Thulin hold down a command post where desperate efforts are made to isolate the train from the rest of civilization.

The Cassandra Crossing

Production

Associated General. Director George Pan Cosmatos; Producer Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Tom Mankiewicz, Robert Katz; Camera Ennio Guarnieri; Editor Francois Bonnot, Roberto Silvi; Music Jerry Goldsmith;; Art Director Aurelio Crugnola

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 126 MIN.

With

Sophia Loren Richard Harris Ava Gardner Burt Lancaster Martin Sheen Ingrid Thulin
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