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The Andromeda Strain (1971) Poster

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Dr. Mark Hall: Most of them died instantly, but a few had time to go quietly nuts.

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: [handing out suppositories] Umm... stop by your rooms and insert these before taking the elevator.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: I have risked drowning in that foul bath! I have been par-boiled, irradiated and xenon-flashed, and now you suggest I...

[pushing suppository upward in the air]

Dr. Jeremy Stone: I HAVE to! We haven't done a thing about the G.I. tract yet. On level five we must be as nearly germ-free as possible.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: [eyeing suppository sheepishly] Anyone care to join me for a "smoke"?

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[Jackson grabs the nurse's thigh while being examined]

Karen Anson: Feeling "better" aren't you, Mr. Jackson?

Jackson: ee-YEP!

[pause]

Jackson: You always have to wear that "iron suit"?

Karen Anson: [imitating Jackson] ee-YEP!

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Capt. Morton: [code phrase] There's a fire, sir.

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Dr. Rudolph Karp: Fools! They refuse to believe life exists in meteorites. I showed them at the astrophysics conference what I just showed you. But no! Even with a microscope they are blind! But what do I have to do? Hit them over the head?

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[last lines]

Senator from Vermont: This cloud-seeding business, Stone... you absolutely sure it worked? You better be.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: All reports continue to indicate that the experiment was successful, Senator.

Senator from Vermont: Then we can feel confident your so-called "biological crisis" is over?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: As far as Andromeda is concerned, yes. We have the organism at Wildfire, and we continue to study it. We know now beyond a doubt that other forms of life exist in the universe.

Senator from Vermont: Thanks to Scoop?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Yes.

[pause]

Dr. Jeremy Stone: However, with this new knowledge, there is no guarantee that another so-called "biological crisis" won't occur again.

Senator from Vermont: Hmm. What do we do about that?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Precisely, Senator. What do we do?

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: According to this, there'll be a super-colony of Andromeda over the entire southwest in...

Dr. Charles Dutton: Jeremy! These are biological *warfare* maps!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Why, yes... so they are... uh... but... simulations, Charlie. Defensive... it's just a scenario.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: That's not the POINT, for God's sake! Wildfire was built for germ warfare! Wildfire AND Scoop! And you knew, Stone! YOU KNEW IT!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: That's not true, Ruth! I learned about Scoop the same time you did!

Dr. Charles Dutton: They already have Andromeda programmed! The purpose of Scoop was to find new biological weapons in outer space, and then use Wildfire to develop them!

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: It STINKS, Stone!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: You're blowing your tops! We have no proof...

Dr. Charles Dutton: The MAP!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: DON'T BE AN ASS! That map only shows what Andromeda *could* do in the hands of an enemy!

Dr. Charles Dutton: Enemy? We did it to OURSELVES!

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: Stick to established procedures.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: Establishment gonna fall down and go boom.

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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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[arriving at the virus site via helicopter]

Dr. Jeremy Stone: If anything happens to us, you have your orders.

Dempsey: Yes sir. Proceed directly to Wildfire, and then, uh...

[makes slashing motion across neck]

Dempsey: ...zzZZTT!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: [to Hall] If we're eliminated, the aircraft and pilot'll have to be sterilized.

Dempsey: Uh, wait a minute. That's not what they told me... just "incinerated."

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Jackson: Hell of a way to run a hospital.

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Dr. Mark Hall: Tell us what happened, Mr. Jackson.

Jackson: I don't wanna think about it.

Dr. Mark Hall: You know what people will say: "Piedmont was bad. That's why it was punished." First the town went crazy and then was destroyed...

Jackson: YOU'RE crazy! Folks at Piedmont was good, decent, normal folks.

Dr. Mark Hall: The man we found all dressed up in his doughboy's uniform, you call that normal?

Jackson: Pete Arnold, who worked at the store. It was the disease!

Dr. Mark Hall: How do you know?

Jackson: 'Cause the only thing wrong with him before that night was sugar.

Dr. Mark Hall: Diabetes? Did he take insulin?

Jackson: Couple of times a day! Hated the needle. I tried to talk him into usin' squeeze.

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Computer Screen: 601

[error code displayed when a "memory overload" occurs]

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Dr. Mark Hall: Do you know the baby's name?

Jackson: Give us a butt, first.

Dr. Mark Hall: Smoking isn't allowed here.

Jackson: Then, go fish.

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Allison Stone: You tell the senator it's his daughter.

Senator (Allison's father): Allison?

Allison Stone: Dad, there's something very peculiar has... has just happened, even for Jeremy. A few minutes ago...

[call is interrupted by beeping]

Allison Stone: Dad, are you there? What's going on?

Women's voice on phone: This communication is being monitored. The connection has been broken for reasons of national security. You will be briefed at the appropriate time. Thank you for your cooperation, Mrs. Stone.

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: Where have you been?

Dr. Mark Hall: Leavitt had a seizure.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: What?

Dr. Mark Hall: Epilepsy. The red light flashing at three-per-second brought on a fit. Why the hell didn't she tell us about it?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Probably no top lab would have her if they knew. Insurance, prejudice, all that crap.

Dr. Mark Hall: From the Middle Ages.

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: Where's the next substation, Hall?

Dr. Mark Hall: Left of elevator on Level 2.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Right. Across the corridor from Body Analysis, our next port of call.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: Not for my alabaster body! I mean it, Stone, you can take your Body Analyzer and you can st...

[door closes]

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Dr. Mark Hall: [Removing the pants of a dead doctor] Have a look at his buttocks.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: That's not funny.

Dr. Mark Hall: Not meant to be. Normally, blood in a dead person goes to the lowest points. There should be marks of lividity, right? Do you see any purplish marks on his butt?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: No.

[Dr. Hall takes a scalpel]

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Careful you don't puncture your suit.

[Dr. Hall cuts the wrist of the corpse; red "sand" pours out]

Dr. Mark Hall: Clotted blood! Powdered!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: I'll be... damned.

Dr. Mark Hall: No wonder they didn't bleed. It's clotted throughout the entire system - five quarts of blood turned to powder!

Dr. Jeremy Stone: In theory, I suppose a single organism could do it.

Dr. Mark Hall: But, in fact, there isn't an organism on Earth...

Dr. Jeremy Stone: You mean there didn't used to be.

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Dr. Mark Hall: [reading suicide note] "The day of judgment is at hand. Have mercy on my soul, and to hell with all the others. Amen."

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Senile...

Dr. Mark Hall: This took time. Regardless of what made her do it, it took time. There's a chance someone's still alive.

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[Dutton has just finished drawing a picture on the blackboard of a scientist examining a specimen under a microscope. A speech balloon from the slide says "Take us to your leader". His students all laugh]

Dr. Charles Dutton: I'm glad you're amused gentlemen, but it might just turn out to be true. During this symposium, we'll discuss the possibility that intelligent life on a distant planet may be no larger than a flea.

[more laughter]

Dr. Charles Dutton: Perhaps no larger than... a bacterium.

[silence]

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[Hall and Stone are sealed off in a section of the lab with an unfinished sub-station for locking out the self-destruct device, which has been activated and is counting down]

Dr. Jeremy Stone: The defense system is perfect, Mark. It'll even bury our mistakes!

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Dr. Mark Hall: Why did you pick me?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: You're an MD, a talented surgeon who knows blood chemistries... and you're single. The Odd Man Hypothesis.

Dr. Mark Hall: What the hell is that?

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Didn't you read the Wildfire material I've been sending you?

Dr. Mark Hall: [smirks] Very little. I never went in much for science fiction.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: [glares at Hall] Nor do I.

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Answering Service Supervisor: [Dr. Hall has been overheard "flirting" with the recorded female voice that's been coming over the PA system] This is the Answering Service Supervisor. We wish you would adopt a more serious attitude, Dr. Hall.

Dr. Mark Hall: Sorry... Her voice is quite luscious.

Answering Service Supervisor: Well, the voice belongs to Miss Gladys Stevens, who is 63 years old. She lives in Omaha and makes her living taping messages for voice-reminder systems.

Dr. Mark Hall: [slightly sarcastic] Much obliged.

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Sgt. Crane: Dr. Stone, sir, I have one thing to do. Just one. Everything else is fully automatic, computerized and self-regulating. I, uh, I listen for a little bell, in here. Ding-a-ling! That means a message coming in is for the Wildfire team.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Precisely! An M.C.N. communication. I'm expecting one.

Sgt. Crane: Yes, sir. Top priority. Ding-a-ling! I push a button and all five level control centers are notified the same time you are. The bell hasn't rung, sir.

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Mic-T: A.A. analysis results are ready, Dr. Dutton.

Dr. Charles Dutton: Something's wrong. It's not registering.

Mic-T: Yes, it is, sir. It's just registering double-zero, double-zero.

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Grimes: [smugly, speaking of the President of the United States] The boss'll be pleased to know that he made the right decision on 7-12 in the first place.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: [harsh with sarcasm] Congratulate him on his scientific insight.

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Pilot: [from recording] Albuquerque Center, Albuquerque Center, this is Air Force 561

Control: Go ahead, 561.

Pilot: My air hose is coming apart like it's dissolving!

Control: 561, can you...

Pilot: Everything made of rubber... is coming apart!

Pilot: [gasp] I... I feel funny.

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Dr. Charles Dutton: The whole thing. What a world we're making... I can see why the kids are dropping out; we should've.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: It's an emergency, Dutton. We got tagged, period. 'Til I saw those photos from Vanderburg, I...

Dr. Charles Dutton: They brought it on themselves.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: Who? The people in Piedmont?

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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? It just can't be that simple!

Dr. Mark Hall: It isn't.

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Dr. Mark Hall: Air doesn't matter! Blood does. That's the answer.

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Dr. Charles Dutton: Experiment with your own lives, damn it!

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Jackson: You the nurse?

Karen Anson: Uh-huh.

Jackson: Shoot! Can't see your legs.

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Dr. Jeremy Stone: When the bomb goes off, there'll be a thousand mutations! Andromeda will spread everywhere! They'll never be rid of it!

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Dr. Mark Hall: I'll have the answer when I know why a sixty-nine-year-old sterno drinker with an ulcer is like a normal six-month-old baby.

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Jackson: Hey, Doc! Ya ain't leavin' us here, are ya?

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Assistant to Cabinet Secretary: Dr. Leavitt, I told you *there's a fire*!

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: My experiment's at the critical stage, I can't just leave now.

[to Bess]

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: I want that plate as soon as it's developed.

Bess, Dr. Leavitt's assistant: Yes, ma'am.

Assistant to Cabinet Secretary: [insistent] My orders come from Dr. Robertson, the president's science advisor.

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: There's a phone, pick it up. Call Robbie. Tell him I've burnt my draft card.

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