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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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Marshall Bell ...
Yuri Chervotkin ...
Keith Flippen ...
Olga Rzhepetskaya-Retchin ...
Levan Uchaneyshvili ...
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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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:

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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Actor Donald Sutherland spent six hours in the makeup chair in order to be transformed into "BioEverton". Sutherland wanted to film all of his scenes which required special makeup effects in one day so he would not have to go through the makeup application process again. See more »


In one of the scenes you can see a North American electrical outlet, not a Russian one. See more »


[seeing the Russian vessel explode on the horizon]
Norfolk captain: That's one hell of a flare.
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References Moontrap (1989) See more »

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*** out of ****
17 January 1999 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

What I noticed about "Virus" is that ANYTHING can happen to ANY of the characters. They actually get the crap beaten out of them, even Jamie lee. The special-effects are fantastic for this film and the robots are actually menacing. The characters aren't too interesting but they suit the film. I was surprised at how the movie wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. "Virus" takes a new direction. Instead of having a bunch of aliens or monsters running around, killing people, they have robots. It's an original idea that hasn't been tackled that often in this type of genre. A good movie.

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