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Dr. Bill Fuller
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Dr. Jessica Morgan, Director McNaughton Labs
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Margo Simar the Carrier
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Dr. Dave McKay
Brenda Donohue ...
Dr. Celia Graham, Bill's Associate
Jonah Royston ...
Dr. Allen Saunders, Public Health Officer
Barbara Gordon ...
Joan Fuller, Bill's Wife
Jack Van Evera ...
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Trevor Rose ...
Roger, little boy
Renata Bosacki ...
Jill, little girl
Micheal Donaghue ...
Ward Security Agent
Joseph Golland ...
Dr. Liebowitz
Alan Haberfield ...
Epileptic
Linda Kemp ...
Woman in hospital
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An ambitious lab assistant carries out a forbidden experiment and accidentally creates a deadly bacteria which kills her and rapidly engulfs the city. The authorities order a curtain of secrecy and impose quarantine on all known contacts whilst embarking on a desperate search for a cure. Meanwhile one of the people in quarantine escapes and becomes the unwitting carrier of the disease. She spreads the plague wherever she goes and becomes a fugitive on the run eluding the police through subways and alleyways. In a gripping gripping built up of events, the full horror of the plague becomes public and the onslaught has to be stopped before all human life on Earth is destroyed. Written by Anonymous

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26 January 1979 (USA)  »

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CAD 525,000 (estimated)
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New Age Plague
27 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Contary to the opinion of one reviewer of this film, it is NOT the worst film ever made, far from it. It may not be the best either but there are countless worse ones out there. Check out 'Ransom Runner' for example, that is a stinker by anyone's standards.

I quite like the low key documentary feel of this film, far less sensational than a film like 'Outbreak,' this rather prosaic style is probably the more realistic way it would be in real life. As the saying goes, the world ends with a whimper and not a bang.

In it's own way this is quite an effective little thriller along the lines of the old BBC television series from the 1970's, the 'Surviours.' And as another fellow reviewer points out, also somewhat contemporary now with the threat of 'bird flu.' Or indeed, other fearful epidemics like MRSA or even the constant threat of AIDS. Although, this was made before any of these awful diseases were known.

The acting is nothing to write home about and is standard at best, although, the actress playing Jessica, shines as a sardonic secretary.

While not in the same class as films such as 'Outbreak' or '28 Days Later' or even 'The Satan Bug,' which use the same end-of-the-world plot line, this passes the time and holds the attention to the end. Also interesting is the final reward to the two people who help save the world.


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