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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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russian | ship | storm | alien | sea | See All (104) »


Humankind is history. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Vírus  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,010,690 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the crew gets the message from the alien entity that has taken over the ship, they need to translate it. Richie chooses an English language function with an American flag. Internationally, English is represented by the British Union Jack. See more »


Goliath Machine: You are virus!
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Referenced in Beethoven's 3rd (2000) See more »

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Salvage, salvage
30 December 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Say what you want about this movie not meeting expectations of the 90's but it was very entertaining and thats most of what I expect from any good movie.

Bad aliens, greed, bravery, bravado, science gone bad and survival all play major parts in this flick.

Strong women, brave men and treacherous men are a good mix for any story and this movie has them in abundance.

The aliens seem to want something from humans and its not in the best interest of these humans to meet their needs.

Try not to be comparing this movie to other sci-fi and just enjoy an interesting twist on the genre.

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