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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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Jimbo Scott
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Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
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Dr. Raswani
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Dr. Mascelli
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Colonel Briggs
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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10 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,420,387, 12 March 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,823,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,859,560
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Morgan Freeman's character general Billy Ford is a reference to harrison Ford's last name. Ironically harrison ford was considered for the role colonel Sam Daniels which went to Dustin Hoffman. Ford was also considered for Morgan Freeman's role in the shawshank redemption. See more »

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(at around 26 mins) When Daniels, Schuler and Salt are first viewing the Motaba virus, the close up shown appears to be a picture of an Ebola Virus. Actually, it is not possible to discern the Ebola virus by its looks from other related viruses. Ebola belongs along with Marburg (and possibly a third, recently discovered virus) to the family of "filoviridae" (meaning "thread-like viruses") that all look the same. It's possible that the (fictional) Motaba virus belongs to the same family and hence looks the same. See more »

Quotes

Casey Schuler: How many brain cells did I kill?
Sam Daniels: How many? About a billion.
Casey Schuler: Oh, now I'm only as smart as you.
Sam Daniels: What can we give him to kill his sense of humor?
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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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Scary subject matter parlayed into popcorn thriller
11 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

As a medical scientist doing research on Ebola-like virus isolated in an African village, Dustin Hoffman is miscast but still personable and ingratiating; after Hoffman's Col. Daniels is taken off the assignment and the virus invades the United States, he learns some hard truths about how our government is run. Serious material gets turned into commercial entertainment; those hoping for a more intellectual or subdued approach on this topic will be disappointed, for the film is designed as a thriller for the masses and not as a docudrama. It's well-produced and gripping, yet one wonders how seriously the filmmakers are actually taking it. Supporting cast is strong, particularly Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Hoffman's assistant. **1/2 from ****


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