Avalanche Express

U.S. undercover agent Harry Wargrave has an assignment: escort a Soviet defector on Europe's Milan-to-Rotterdam train, then cross the Atlantic and deliver his charge to Washington.


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Genre:   Action
Director:   Mark Robson
Writers:   Abraham Polonsky
Cast:   Robert Shaw, Lee Marvin, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell, Mik, Mike Connors, Joe Namath, Horst Buchholz
Theatrical Release Date:   10/19/1979
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Avalanche Express
 
3.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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4.0

Acion flick with great miniature efects

By Jim Snow

from Brooklyn, N.Y

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Pros

  • Beautiful Setting
  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Excellent Special Effects
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • John Dystrka
  • Lee Marvin
  • Linda Evans
  • Mark Robson
  • Robert Shaw
  • Talented Acting

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    Comments about Avalanche Express:

    Surprisingly effective action/thriller headlined with a superb cast that includes Linda Evans, Lee Marvin, and Robert Shaw. The film features an extensive and intricately filmed avalanche scene with miniature effects executed by John Dystrka who helmed the visual effects of Star Wars: Episode IV.

    The film slows up slightly after the avalance scene and one wonders why director Mark (Earthquake, Von Ryans Express) didn't save the
    avalance for the climax. Despite this, the film moves along well supported by a surprisingly strong performance from a pre-Dynasty Linda Evans.

     
    1.0

    ALV. EXPRESS -SLOWS DOWN``

    By bruce wayne 1

    from Knoxville Tn

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    Comments about Avalanche Express:

    really slooooow movie, even Lee Marvin couldn't help.
    Too many characters and bad writing and direction

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Pretty Disappointing

    By GaryC.

    from Staten Island, New York

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Disappointing
      • Poor Plot Development
      • Unappealing Visual Effects

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      Comments about Avalanche Express:

      Colin Forbes was one of my favorite adventure writers of the 1970s and "Avalanche Express" was one of his best books. This movie version is a major disappointment.

      The plot concerns a high-ranking Soviet defector that a group of American agents are trying to get out of Switzerland aboard a railroad train. The Russians try several times to get him including starting an avalanche to destroy the train (thus the title of this film.)
      The defector is played by Robert Shaw in his last role, he died shortly after the filming concluded. He does not look well here and some of his dialogue appears dubbed. An old and disinterested-looking Lee Marvin plays the lead American agent. He is assisted by a gorgeous Linda Evans, (this is right before "Dynasty,") and she is his nominal girlfriend. (She appears much too young for him.) Mike Connors adds little as Marvin's boss (I think.) You would think that after starring in the highly successful "Mannix" for 8 years, Connors could have returned to films in a better role than this. Maximilian Schell is wasted as the main Russian villain and Horst Bucholtz (one of the original "Magnificent 7") is utterly wasted as well. And "Broadway" Joe Namath is also on hand as another American agent, looking lost running around in a large cowboy hat.
      The action in this film is highly unexciting, the miniatures of the train unconvincing and the music terrible. (The music constantly goes up in volume to punctuate each action scene.) The word "mediocre" was made for this film.
      I really liked the cast: Marvin, Shaw, Evans (what a beautiful woman,) Connors, etc. However this film is a major disappointment. The Director, Mark Robson, did much better with a previous train film, the great "Von Ryan's Express" in 1965. This film does not come near that one.

       
      4.0

      Fast paced, but some inconsistencies

      By filmguy1945

      from Woodland hills, Ca

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      Pros

      • Action-packed
      • Entertaining

      Cons

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        Comments about Avalanche Express:

        Entertaining, but somewhat un-even story line, mainly for Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, and Train fans

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