Avalanche Express (1979)


“My plan is to force Bunin to destroy himself.” – Marenkov

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After a Russian General chooses to defect to the West, he must work with his American counterpart in order to avoid the dangers of his former countrymen while on his way to freedom

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand yet in my quest to watch all films featuring Robert Shaw, I decided to check it out.

This was actually Shaw’s final film credit since he passed away during production.

Both Shaw and Lee Marvin are great actors, but they are wasted here since neither is able to try and make the story as presented any more enjoyable to take in which is a shame.

This film is filled with lots of action and parts of the film move along as a great and fast pace yet these scenes all come across as being quite chaotic and disjointed and that hurts the way that this kind of story can be told since this story has so much more potential than they are able to give us.

Maximilian Schell is completely wasted in this film as a Russian thug who is leading the charge to stop Shaw’s character from reaching the West.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that is wasted here since it isn’t presented well at all. Marvin and Shaw are both great actors yet neither of them is able to make this film more enjoyable. This was Shaw’s final film since he passed away during production. The action is good here yet it all feels very chaotic and disconnected that doesn’t help make the story more fun as things move along. SChell is wasted as the Russian thug trying to stop the defection.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Shaw was very ill during filming and died during its production. His voice was so weak and his delivery was so shaky because of his illness that his voice was dubbed by Robert Rietty, although Rich Little also dubbed three words near the end of the picture (“Harry, come on”) and six words in Shaw’s own voice were deemed usable (“Too hot in that train” and “Harry”). Little insisted he not be paid, as he was a big admirer of Shaw. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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