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Smallpox (2002)

Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon (original title)
A docu-drama that reports on a (fictitious) attack made by terrorist using the disease of small pox to attack the world. Starting in New York the attack is ruthlessly carried out by one man... See full summary »

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Jack Hill
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Lesley Peters
Tara Hugo ...
Kathleen O'Reilly
Ben Chinn ...
New York Reporter
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Carl Jocelyn
Edward Lewin ...
Sam Wiseman
Steven Crossley ...
Richard Benson
John Hug ...
Pierre Lefevre
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Rachel Smits
Sudha Bhuchar ...
Dr. Farah Khanum
John Harding ...
Nigel Woods
Tom Cotcher ...
Chief Supt. Clive McAdams
Rowan Schlosberg ...
John Peters
Margot Knight ...
Nancy Peters
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A docu-drama that reports on a (fictitious) attack made by terrorist using the disease of small pox to attack the world. Starting in New York the attack is ruthlessly carried out by one man travelling around the city infecting people as he goes. Using hindsight and video diaries the film looks back on the global impact of a silent attack that affected the world. Written by bob the moo

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It's all true. It just hasn't happened yet.

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Documentary | Drama

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TV-14
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2 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the introduction, narrator Brian Cox gives the worldwide death toll for the Great Smallpox Pandemic of 2002 as 60 million. By contrast, the Black Death of 1340s, generally regarded as the deadliest pandemic in recorded history - at least in absolute terms - is estimated to have killed 75 million people worldwide. See more »

Goofs

About one out of every 30 Americans live in New York City. We are told 30,000 people died from Smallpox in New York City, and a further 1.5 million died in the United States (a ratio of one out of every 50 American deaths taking place in New York City). The number of New York fatalities therefore appears disproportionately low, particularly since infectious diseases spread more comprehensively in densely populated areas. See more »

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Kathleen O'Reilly: We used to believe that the greatest threat to the United States were the nuclear arsenals of a rogue state, but in this world today, a terrorist with the will to sacrifice his own life, armed only with a penknife and a pilot's license, is capable of anything... The greatest threat, as we now know, is a single individual with a $50 chemistry set and the will to decimate the planet.
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Crazy Credits

Three of the interview subjects play themselves in the movie, and are revealed in clips during the credits. All of them offer an opinion on how the fictional documentary could reflect actual events. See more »

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inaccurate Scaremongering.
11 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this a while ago and to be honest, I reckon that Messrs Chinn and Perceval have a lot to answer for.

This was broadcast a while after 9/11 and it's obviously scaremongering to whip tension (especially in the wake of the Anthrax scare) so In that way, I take a particularly dim view of this fake documentary.

Besides, why smallpox? If it was as contagious as it sounds then it would have run rampant during the middle ages onwards. (The most likely way to catch it would have been close and dare I say, irresponsible contact with a victim) This would have been better if it was made as a feature film as it would be more appropriate and responsible, besides, its out of date now isn't it? However, it was not without it's upsides as the drama was well portrayed, well documented and well thought up (despite it's plot holes and controversies).


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