Film Analysis: The Cassandra Crossing

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The movie was entitled “The Cassandra Crossing” released on 1976 and directed by George Pan Cosmatos. The actors in the movie are Richard Harris as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain, Sophia Loren as Jennifer Chamberlain, Burt Lancaster as Colonel Stephen Mackenzie, and Ingrid Thulin as Dr. Elena Stradner. It started when three terrorist tried to blow up the U.S. mission at the International Health Organization but they failed because one of them was shot by the security, the other one escapes and the last was hospitalized because he got infected by a highly contagious pneumonic plague as diagnosed by Dr. Elena Stradner. The terrorist got infected by the plague because he entered a no entry room that contains pneumonic plague germs. The other terrorists…show more content…
The passengers in the train includes Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain, a neurologist, his ex-wife Jennifer Chamberlain, and Nicole Dressler, wife of a German arms dealer. Colonel Mackenzie told Dr. Chamberlain that there was a pneumonic plague carrier on the train and ask him to find the carrier. Then after they found the carrier, their first attempt of removing him was by means of a helicopter but it failed because the train will be approaching a tunnel. Dr. Chamberlain then asked Dr. Stradner about mortality rate and anti-serum. There was no anti-serum for the plague, the bacteria spread through aerogenic droplet transmission, and the mortality rate is estimated to 60%. The symptoms for this plague are common colds, sinus irritation and sore…show more content…
Chamberlain tried to suggest to Colonel Mackenzie to stop the train because the second class section was not infected and be isolated from the infected section but the Colonel doesn’t agree to that suggestion. Dr. Stradner then found out that the infected dog that was sent to them is finally recovering and also the infected passengers in the train. She then concluded that it must be the oxygen that was placed inside the train. The Colonel doesn’t want to stop the train because if the Cassandra Crossing collapses with the train, there will be no sign that the U.S. has been harbouring germ warfare agents in a neutral

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