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April 15, 2010
Poo, never watch it (although you probably couldn't anyway since it's only on VHS). It's really sad that this flacid "thriller" was Robert Shaw's last film. What's even sadder is that he was so sick that his voice was (very poory) dubbed over by impressionist Rich Little. He sounds awful, it's painfully obvious that it isn't his real voice. There is one semi-cool scene, where an avalance happens, but it makes no sense how the timing and geography works out so the scene basically is stupid. And the rest of the movie is really boring and it makes no sense. You never understand who the bad guys are and what they're after, or what the good guys what to do. I think they had to protect Robert Shaw, maybe? He mostly just sat in a train. Never see this.
December 9, 2009
It's an overblown and poorly produced "epic". It does have a strong cast, although there is some blatantly bad miscasting. Uninvolving, which is a shame, because the basic story could have made an interesting movie.
October 21, 2007
4.5/10. It's an overblown and poorly produced "epic". It does have a strong cast, although there is some blatantly bad miscasting. Uninvolving, which is a shame, because the basic story could have made an interesting movie.
December 30, 2015
Short and standard action movie of the late 70s. Robert Shaw is a Russian General who task a Colonel Maximilian Schell to take charge of a biological weapon project security. Lee Marvin and Linda Evans are CIA agent. Robert decide to defect and Lee is in charge of escorting him to safety. He use this chance to lure the secret killer agents as he know they will try to kill Robert. Lee fake his own death and become the train operator which nobody knows. Maximilian planted a agent in the same train. In the first ambush, Lee has to come out and kill the double agent. Before that he already told Robert to hide among the snow if attack is coming. Second attempt to kill the train was an avalanche. They have to free up last 3 carriages to escape in time to the tunnel. Maximilian hire a professional killer and his team to go up finish the job. A lady hold grenade and go to the control. The train stop on the bridge and the killers attack. All killers are dead. Maximilian manage to escape. Lee and gang dress up as the killers, trying to board the tanker which the baddies are hiding. Maximilian ignore the order to save them and want them dead. Lee fires torpedo and blow up the tanker. Finally they are in safety on board airplane to USA.
½ October 26, 2015
La ultima pelŪcula que Robert Shaw filmo antes de morir :'( ...y no fue buena :v aunque que curioso que la haya junto a Lee Marvin, ya que el fue la primera opciůn de Spielberg para ser Quint lol
June 28, 2013
Its obvious here that the death of director Mark Robson and co star Robert Shaw turned this interesting thriller into a bit of a botch job which makes little sense but does have some action to keep it interesting.
It also doesnt help that the train in parts is obviously a model and that somebody thought sports star Joe Naimath Could . act.
On the plus side you get two great hellraisers for the price of one in the shape of Lee Marvin and Robert Shaw and they are always good value even if the film isnt up to snuff.

Plenty of action then but one wonders what would have emegered if the films hadnt been so jinxed.
August 6, 2013
Directed by Mark Robson (Von Ryan's Express (1965) and Valley of the Dolls (1967)), and adapted from the 1976 novel by Raymond Harold Sawkins under the pseudonym of Colin Forbes. This cold war adventure film should have been no trouble to shoot, but Robson and it's star died after filming, but despite this, it proves to be an OK film to watch, even if it is a little dated now. When Russian General Marenkov (Robert Shaw) decides to defect to the West, he is aided by CIA agent Harry Wargrave (Lee Marvin), who leads a team to get him over the border, and Wargrave decides the only safe way to do this is by train, which is named as "The Avalanche Express", from from Milan, Italy to Rotterdam, Holland. Wargrave has a plan, he decides to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train, thus rooting out enemy spies and their identities. But, further up the track, Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin (Maximilian Schell) has a secret agenda, and plans to stop the train by causing an avalanche. Filmed mainly in Ireland, which doubles well as Eastern Europe, it has some good moments, even if has been seen before, and the special effects are quite ropey by today's standards. It's a shame Shaw died when he did, as he did have a lot more to offer as an actor, but not all of this works, but it'll do.
May 11, 2012
Major disappointment. Saw it years ago and couldn't remember anything about it...now I know why.
½ January 20, 2012
A fascinating, if somewhat disturbing film to watch as a film fan. During production of the film both its director Mark Robson and co-star Robert Shaw died of heart attacks just weeks apart. Robert Rietti was brought on to redo Shaw's audio so for the entire runtime you never once hear's Shaw's actual voice. Honestly, how can you get past that? The actual story of Lee Marvin's secret agent escorting Shaw's Soviet defect across foreign borders is fairly dullsville anyway, but it becomes downright surreal with the dubbing. And apparently Monte Hellman and Gene Corman (brother to Roger) were brought on to finish the picture. A bizarre viewing experience. VF.
May 8, 2009
Good cast just not very interesting.
December 11, 2010
A complete mess of a film, probably not helped by the death of Shaw and director Robson (info courtesy of Chuck O'Leary below). The film had a lot of potential to be a solid cold war thriller but makes no sense and lumbers along from one poorly thought out scene to the next. The basic plot is that Robert Shaw is defecting from Soviet Russia and rather than simply fly him there as quickly as possible, Marvin decides to take him via train ALL over Europe to flush out any sleeper spies.
½ September 6, 2010
With a strong cast, a decent spy story and some neat action this turns out to be average but at the same time forgettable 70s movie.
June 4, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.................i think that robert shaw, lee marvin, linda evans, joe namath, michael conners, maximilian schell, horst buchholz, david hess, arthur brauss play good roles/parts throughout this movie.............i think that lee marvin, arthur brauss, david hess were great thorughout this movie.......i think that the director of this action/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie........i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie i think that this is such a good action movie its got a good cast thorughout this movie its a really enjoyable movie 2 watch
April 15, 2010
Poo, never watch it (although you probably couldn't anyway since it's only on VHS). It's really sad that this flacid "thriller" was Robert Shaw's last film. What's even sadder is that he was so sick that his voice was (very poory) dubbed over by impressionist Rich Little. He sounds awful, it's painfully obvious that it isn't his real voice. There is one semi-cool scene, where an avalance happens, but it makes no sense how the timing and geography works out so the scene basically is stupid. And the rest of the movie is really boring and it makes no sense. You never understand who the bad guys are and what they're after, or what the good guys what to do. I think they had to protect Robert Shaw, maybe? He mostly just sat in a train. Never see this.
½ March 5, 2010
‚??Avalanche Express‚?? is one of those movies that opens in a well-known fashion. The scene setting is familiar to those who‚??ve seen more than one spy movie: weighty Russians talking about state affairs and secret operations, Americans exchanging secret information in some European country ‚?? and eventually it turns out they have to help one of the weighty Russians to defect. The cloak-and-dagger atmos sets the scene: this is what we‚??re going to get during the next 90 minutes. And indeed, we get a lot of secret operations‚?? moving about, changing of disguises, changing of vehicles, changing of accomplices, mixed with spectacular special effects. In a way it‚??s all predictable, but never entirely, since we don‚??t know exactly what shape it is all going to take. In ‚??Avalanche Express‚??, the shape is agreeable because of the action scenes and the special effects (needless to say the avalanches stand out most). The actors are all OK, particularly Lee Marvin and Maximilian Schell with his eternal smoking. I also liked the music and the way the oppressiveness of a train interior is used in this film. Towards the end, the action is beginning to dazzle the viewer a bit (in the scene with the boats I was beginning to wonder for a moment who was shooting at whom and who was on which boat). I also asked myself whether a character like Bunin (Schell) would really take part in all this himself instead of just hiring others to do the work for him. The political background behind it all gets somewhat neglected, which makes the film more shallow (with a rather simplistic plot despite the cloak-and-dagger twists and side-actions) than it could have been. The question is if one is pleased with what one gets in this movie, and I am inclined to say that I am, even though it could have been better.
December 9, 2009
It's an overblown and poorly produced "epic". It does have a strong cast, although there is some blatantly bad miscasting. Uninvolving, which is a shame, because the basic story could have made an interesting movie.
July 11, 2009
Dreadful - and all the more so despite the cast (though it appears that Joe Namath's acting career was mercifully short). An incomprehesible plot, lacklustre action scenes, a mystifyingly bad dubbed accent for Robert Shaw - it's no wonder i'd never heard of this movie before now!
½ September 26, 2008
my favourite movie of Lee Marvin.
September 5, 2008
With the wealth of talent involved it should have been better but then with Shaw & Robson dying during production I guess it is understandable, shame though.
October 21, 2007
4.5/10. It's an overblown and poorly produced "epic". It does have a strong cast, although there is some blatantly bad miscasting. Uninvolving, which is a shame, because the basic story could have made an interesting movie.
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