Avalanche Express

Avalanche Express

Mark Robson (1979)

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Ruthless CIA agent Lee Marvin uses defector Robert Shaw to entrap Soviet scientist Maximilian Schell in this ill-fated Cold War thriller. Set on a cross-border train impeded by blizzards, the film suffered its own tragedies when both Shaw and director Mark Robson died before the film wrapped. The repair job on what was left doesn't hide the joins, though the acting still has an impressive energy and the avalanche special effects have power.


A CIA agent uses a defecting Russian spy to lure a Soviet biological warfare scientist on board a train heading across Europe. His aim is to eliminate the expert and so remove the threat he poses to world peace. At the same time, Russian spy-catchers are also pursuing the defector, unaware all their lives are in danger as blizzards begin to blow in. Cold War thriller, with Robert Shaw, who died during production, Lee Marvin, Linda Evans and Maximilian Schell.

Cast & Crew

General Marenkov Robert Shaw
Colonel Harry Wargrave Lee Marvin
Elsa Lang Linda Evans
Nikolai Bunin Maximilian Schell
Haller Mike Connors
Leroy Joe Namath
Scholten Horst Buchholz
Geiger David Hess
Neckermann Arthur Brauss
Helga Mann Kristine Nel
Director Mark Robson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video