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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

A group of scientists investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Hill ...
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George Mitchell ...
Jackson
Ramon Bieri ...
Major Manchek
Kermit Murdock ...
Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien ...
Grimes
Peter Hobbs ...
General Sparks
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Senator from Vermont
Mark Jenkins ...
Lt. Shawn (Piedmont team)
Peter Helm ...
Sgt. Crane (Piedmont team)
Joe Di Reda ...
Wildfire Computer Sgt. Burk (as Joe DiReda)
Carl Reindel ...
Lt. Comroe
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When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall (David Wayne, Kate Reid, and (James Olson, respectively)- go to the facility, known as Wildfire, and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont (an old wino and a six-month-old baby) survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape. Written by garykmcd

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The picture runs 130 minutes!... The story covers 96 of the most critical hours in man's history!... The suspense will last through your lifetime! See more »

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12 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Leavitt, in a protest against inserting something to clean out the GI tract, makes the statement about "risked drowning in that foul bath". The book, but not the movie, had the Wildfire Team submerge completely in an antibiotic solution. The scene may have been cut, but Leavitt still makes reference to it in the movie. See more »

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The helicopter that flies Stone and Hall from Vandenburg to Piedmont then back to Wildfire would have to fly over 1000 miles. The helicopter shown doesn't have nearly that range, not to mention remaining over Piedmont while Stone and Hall investigate. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Hall? Take a look at this.
[gestures to dead man with peaceful facial expression]
Dr. Jeremy Stone: Are you sure that isn't coronary?
Dr. Mark Hall: No. Coronary's painful. They should grimace.
Dr. Jeremy Stone: If it was fast, they wouldn't have time.
Dr. Mark Hall: Fast? These people were cut down in mid-stride!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits read: "ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This film concerns the four-day history of a major American scientific crisis. We received the generous help of many people attached to Project Scoop at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Wildfire Laboratory in Flatrock, Nevada. They encouraged us to tell the story accurately and in detail." "The documents presented here are soon to be made public. They do not in any way jeopardize the national security." See more »

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Deadly Boredom From Above
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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This movie is an example of the adage; that is too much information. The movie will submerge you in all the scientific minutia of biological investigation that would have bored Stephen Hawking. Look, could we not quite go this deeply into the science? The film is one of the most boring, slow moving pieces of crap in history. Get ready because after a promising exciting beginning we are taken into a lab the point of which seems to induce total unconsciousness in the audience. Did you think Star Trek The Motionless Picture was slow? That is like Shoot Em Up compared to this. I am an intellectual with two degrees; I read Kant and Sartre and it bored me to death. The science lab from hell. Yes, that is great the organism is resistant to radiation, buckle my boots, could we move the movie along now? Why don't you tell me you tried dancing with it and it doesn't know the twist? Awful, that puts the C in coma inducing, get ready for boredom you have never seen the like of. It is hard to make a value judgment about the movie; I kept falling asleep. That is the core of the film: the organism is resistant to: disco, wing tip shoes, Indiana Jones, milk shakes. Look, do we give a crap? Do you have to relay every negative result to us? They should have tried showing it this movie, that would have killed it for sure!

You will wish you had breathed in Andromeda when these geeks keep sharing every test until you will beg for death. The most boring movie ever made; it makes the Motionless Picture look like Grease. Terrible overrated poop


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