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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.



(creator: Dark Horse Comic Book series: "Virus"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »



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Stars: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin


Complete credited cast:
J.W. Woods Jr.
Yuri Chervotkin ...
Colonel Kominski
Captain Lonya Rostov
Olga Rzhepetskaya-Retchin ...
Female Cosmonaut
Captain Alexi


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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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russian | ship | storm | alien | sea | See All (103) »


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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 USA:

$6,013,640, 17 January 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,010,690, 14 March 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Is very reminiscent of the movie Moontrap (1989) with Bruce Campbell. This time on a boat in stead of a spaceship. See more »


Nadya's "husband" is recognized by the wedding ring on his left hand. Orthodox Christians, which is the most common Russian religion,wear their wedding ring on the right hand; wearing it on the left would signify that the wearer is widowed. See more »


Hiko: Touch it again, I'll cut your hands off.
Richie.: I can respect that.
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References Hardware (1990) See more »

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Salvage, salvage
30 December 2005 | by 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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