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Outbreak (1995)

Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?

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Dr. Raswani
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In July of 1967, In Motaba River Valley, Zaire, a virus with a 100% mortality rate starts infecting people. The virus becomes known as the Motaba virus, and it's so deadly that it causes severe bleeding and liquefies internal organs, killing within 3 days. The virus wipes out Motaba River Valley, and a devastatingly huge fire bomb is dropped onto Motaba River Valley in order to reduce the chances of further infection. The bomb was dropped on the orders of corrupt General Donald McClintock, even though an army surgeon, General Bill Ford, was against the idea. 27 years later, in 1994, there is another outbreak in Motaba River Valley. At the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Colonel Sam Daniels is doing research on the Motaba virus, and so is his ex-wife Roberta Keough, who works at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. A monkey carrying the Motaba virus stows away on a ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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This animal carries a deadly virus... and the greatest medical crisis in the world is about to happen. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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10 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Epidemia  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$67,823,573 (USA)
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This movie is very similar to true events that are covered in the book "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston, Jr. See more »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) In the beginning of the movie, as the camera passes through the various bio-threat labs, many doors are open to hallways and personnel not wearing masks, and one technician even removes her mask before leaving the lab. See more »

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Casey Schuler: I hate them willies, they ought to call them the Sams don't you think?
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Referenced in Strange World: Spirit Falls (1999) See more »

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If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)
Written and Performed by Pete Droge
Courtesy of American Recordings
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It could/should have been so much better...

I actually enjoyed Outbreak from the start although form the first few minutes you could tell it's a B+ movie at the very best.

However the enjoyment diminished dramatically when the good old fashioned Hollywood recipe of the one man army/hero who ignores laws, regulations, procedures, and simply does what comes to his head prevailed.

It did not come as a surprise because it seemed rather odd the fact that you have a VERY GOOD cast (Hoffman, Sunderland, Spacey, Gooding) and whilst I was holding the case at the DVD retailer I noticed the complete lack of press appraisal…or at least there's none in the UK packaging of the film. It might seem an unusual thought but it is very true.

Apart from that it was enjoyable in the very mild sense of the word. Another example that proves how good ingredients (director + cast + storyline) do not always make the perfect recipe.


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