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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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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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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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12 March 1971 (USA)  »

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Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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During the closed hearing the General states that the scientist in question had not been made aware of the Wildfire facility for purposes of national security. The Senator responds approvingly, stating they'd had experience with scientists before. During the time of the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear weapons, a group of scientists that was aware of the potential for developing such a weapon and tried to persuade the government not to attempt to build such weapons. The scientists included Albert Einstein. After the Manhattan Project had been completed, it was learned that the technology had been leaked to the Soviets by someone on the Manhattan team. See more »

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The bell in the teletype machine would not have been completely silenced by the sliver of paper. The man in the control room would still have heard the quieter bell, especially if this was his "only one job". See more »

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Dr. Mark Hall: Air doesn't matter! Blood does. That's the answer.
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A Sci-Fi with a capital "S".
22 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have always been attracted by science, since my early childhood. I remember seeing this movie and being fascinated by the science and technology on display in it. Today, as a MSC EE, I can see that the science in "Andromeda Strain" is accurate. In fact, it's the most accurate of all Sci-Fi movies I have ever seen (and I have seen the great majority of Sci-Fi cinema).

That's one reason I love this movie.

But there are other, probably subjective reasosn for my adulation of "Andromeda Strain": believable people and believable situations (no "last microsecond decision/action/occurance", no over-the-top behaviour, just human quirkyness, no one-man-does-it-all but teamwork and birth of ideas) and the avoidance of the cliche of only-1-will-survive. So, yes, I liked the script a lot.

I also thought the actors were good and the setting was brilliant. I am not put off by dated computer technology: the film clearly illustrates the computing capabilities at the beginning of the '70, and I find something educative and strangely reassuring in that.

I give it 10/10, and am sad that nobody produced a Sci-Fi as scientificly accurate ever since.


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