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Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.



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Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contagion: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,403,596 (USA) (9 September 2011)


$75,638,743 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh; and five Oscar nominees: Laurence Fishburne, Elliott Gould, John Hawkes, Jude Law and Bryan Cranston. See more »


In several scenes, Rear Admiral Lyle Haggerty's (Bryan Cranston) military decorations are shown. However, it appears that the decoration in the least prestigious place is the U.S. Army's "Distinguished Service Medal". Although it is not impossible for a Naval officer to have this decoration, it IS impossible for it to be in this position. See more »


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User Reviews

Realistic, exciting, and well produced, directed ,and acted.
10 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A really good movie about a major epidemic. We get the technical details in what seemed to me to be an accurate presentation without dumbing it down. Yet it was understandable.

We also learn about the various agencies and their priorities and handicaps, and we meet characters who have their own agendas. We get to see the mob psychology has panic breaks out. The cast is excellent, but the all-star actors are not acting in their stereotypical roles. I enjoyed this. Finally, the characters themselves were flawed, each in their own way - like real people. What you see is a very plausible scenario for an epidemic.

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