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Avalanche Express (1979)

Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors:

Mark Robson, Monte Hellman (uncredited)

Writers:

Abraham Polonsky (screenplay), Colin Forbes (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Col. Harry Wargrave
Robert Shaw ... Gen. Marenkov
Linda Evans ... Elsa Lang
Maximilian Schell ... Col. Nikolai Bunin
Joe Namath ... Leroy
Horst Buchholz ... Julian Scholten (as Horst Bucholz)
Mike Connors ... Haller
Claudio Cassinelli ... Col. Molinari
Kristina Nel Kristina Nel ... Helga Mann
David Hess ... Geiger
Günter Meisner ... Rudi Muehler (as Günter Meissner)
Sylva Langova Sylva Langova ... Olga (as Sylvia Langova)
Cyril Shaps ... Sedov
Vladek Sheybal ... Zannbin (as Vladets Shebal)
Arthur Brauss ... Neckerman
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Storyline

When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov, decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. Wargrave decides that Malenkov should travel across Europe by train, on the "Atlantic Express", in an attempt to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train so that they can discover who the Russian secret agents in Europe are. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin. There is a tape that gets decoded and harry hands it over when he boards the jet plane with Elsa. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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The Fast Track For All-Star Adventure. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avalanche Express See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin, who stars in the movie, is mentioned in the novel the movie is based on. See more »

Goofs

When the avalanche smothers the railway just as the train enters a tunnel, the overhead wiring would be brought down and the power supply cut. Since the train is hauled by an electric locomotive, it would be brought to a halt. However, it just keeps going. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Marenkov: My plan is to force Bunin to destroy himself.
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Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Not Bad
23 June 2004 | by jpintarSee all my reviews

This movie is fairly entertaining. It has good action scenes, especially the avalanche (although it looks phony by today's standards). Lee Marvin gives conviction to his role of a Colonel in trying to get a Soviet defector safely to the United States and trying to stop a Soviet biological war plot. Linda Evans is always beautiful and seems credible in her role. Maximilian Schell is very good as the villainous Russian agent determined to stop him. Unfortunately, Robert Shaw is miscast as the Soviet general trying to defect. This was Shaw's last film and he was obviously badly dubbed by another actor because he was so ill his voice was so weak. His performance is understandably hurt by these two problems. Also: can you really take a movie seriously that has Joe Namath (yes that Joe Namath) as a spy. This is a mixed bag that gets a 5/10


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