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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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George Mitchell ...
Jackson
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Major Manchek
Kermit Murdock ...
Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien ...
Grimes
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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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Storyline

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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Rated G...But May Be Too INTENSE For Younger Children See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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28 August 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The phrase "Let's go back to the rock and see it at four forty" is sampled in the Apollo 440 song "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Dub". See more »

Goofs

During the initial briefing on level 1, the overall display of the Wildfire complex shows the old man and the baby (2 yellow 'x's) as being on level 1. Dutton then asks Stone if they're both still alive, and Stone switches the display to a live video feed of the patients descending in the central core. On the wall behind the old man is a large "3", indicating he's passing level 3, but only 5 seconds have elapsed between the first shot and Dutton's question - not enough time for him to have gone from level 1 to level 3. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Hall: [referring to Dr. Dutton] Poor devil! Look at how he's breathing. He's scared to death.
Dr. Jeremy Stone: We'll increase his oxygen. It'll slow down his breathing.
Dr. Mark Hall: [beat] No, we want him to breathe fast! In Piedmont the old man survived drinking Sterno... Sterno, acidosis! Acidosis, rapid breathing!
[begins working a control panel]
Dr. Jeremy Stone: What the hell are you doing?
Dr. Mark Hall: I'm turning off the oxygen.
Dr. Jeremy Stone: But the baby! He's normal!
Dr. Mark Hall: He's crying. He's not leaving it in his lungs long enough to do anything.
Dr. Jeremy Stone: [incredulous] Rapid breathing...
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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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Love this film
28 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I really love this film, and its funny because most people Complain about its slow pace, but I believe that this is one of the reasons that the film is so good, and pace does build up towards the end.

I understand that this film isn't for everybody, but I am a Michael Crichton fan, and I enjoy the way he introduces his sci-fi characters into his novels.

I agree with other user comments that this film was way before its time, and disagree with others who don't seem to be able to differentiate between the music and the sounds in the film.

The film has so many qualities, and is a must see for any sci-fi fan.

9/10


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