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Outbreak (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  10 March 1995 (USA)
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Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
Dr. Raswani
Susan Lee Hoffman ...
Dr. Lisa Aronson
Dr. Julio Ruiz
Dr. Mascelli
Leland Hayward III ...
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Daniel Chodos ...
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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Epidemia  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)


£4,343,040 (UK) (16 June 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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Dustin Hoffman and Maya Angelou did uncredited work on the script but most of their work went unused. See more »


Blue suits used in level 4 laboratories have a special air supply. The sound this makes inside the suit is so loud that you cannot hear other people. The people at the starting scene of the movie communicates none the less during the first scenes in the level 4 laboratory. Yellow suits are pressurized (positive pressure, which means air can go out if torn, but never in) via a small motor inside it and a set of batteries, but the yellow suits show no sign of being inflated at all, and when helmets are moved no air rushes out. It means also that Casey tearing his suit shouldn't have ended with infection. See more »


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There always has to be a disease, doesn't there?
22 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Outbreak" isn't any kind of masterpiece, but worth seeing nevertheless. Portraying the army trying to contain a deadly virus brought by a monkey smuggled into the country, the movie seems especially relevant, what with bird flu and all. A particularly disturbing scene takes place in a movie theater, when a person coughs and the camera follows the particles catching on everyone's lips as they laugh, unaware of the fate that awaits them.

The always dependable Dustin Hoffman plays as intense a role as ever as the colonel in charge of trying to control the virus. Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Cuba Gooding Jr. also play their roles very well. Donald Sutherland's menacing looks are perfect for the kind of character whom he plays. All in all, Wolfgang Petersen directs another good one here.

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