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Virus (1999)

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When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.



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Captain Alexi (as Levani)


When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crew member is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out mechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Вирус  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,013,640 (USA) (15 January 1999)


£451,358 (UK) (18 June 1999)

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The "Goliath" robot was approximately 9 ft tall and weighed an estimated 4000 lbs. The special effects company hired to create Goliath had only three-and-a-half months to produce the robot from the initial drawings to the finished product. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, when the energy beam coming from the Russian station strikes the research ship, the whole control room shakes and crew is thrown off balance. Yet, a chess board on a nearby table remains completely undisturbed, revealing the "movement" is simply a shaky camera. See more »


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20 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie will probably not go to the history as one of the greatest. It will probably not even be remembered a couple of years from now. But it is a good horror/thriller movie with some decent effects. It's been a while since I actually jumped more than three times in the chair. Ok, the tricks to make you jump is kind of common, but they obviously worked.

Apart from the end (that is very strange) this is a good movie. The weird thing though is that right after Kit Foster and her boyfriend ejects from the ship the storm goes away. Hmm... Of course you can't compare this with milestones like any of the Alien movies, but it is well spent money, and two hours killed time.

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