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Contagion (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Nothing spreads like fear See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first film that Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Jude Law have worked together in since The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). However, Law doesn't have any scenes with either, and Damon and Paltrow barely share the screen together for a minute. See more »


During the preliminary press conference at the CDC, Boston is listed as one of the first infected cities. Later on, a map is shown of infected regions around the world. It indicates that the only regions of Massachusetts infected are those regions west of the Connecticut River. Boston is approximately 100 miles east of the Connecticut River. See more »


Dr. Erin Mears: How are you?
Dr. Erin Mears: It's good, we just finished setting up the...
Dr. Erin Mears: I didn't ask what you're doing, Beth, I asked how you are. So... how are you?
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There are no opening credits. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.211 (2011) See more »


Amante Del Vino
Written and Performed by Michael J. Thomas
Courtesy of Harbor Breeze Records
By arrangement with Affix Music
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solid, efficient storytelling
10 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can see why some people might be a bit disappointed in this movie, because it's a pretty realistic on a pandemic, without a main heroic character or even action really. It's full dialogue-driven scenes, and most of the characters aren't really fleshed out.

I was OK with that because it's able to show the different effects of a pandemic throughout the globe instead having one or two main characters. A small Chinese village near the source of the virus tries to survive. A misguided blogger ends up inciting violence . And a recently single father tries to protect his daughter. The way the story cuts between these different story lines kept me from getting bored, and nothing that happens feels unrealistic.

So while it's a movie I don't really need to see again, it's good to experience once. It's intense while it lasts, and is a nice reminder of what could've actually happened if swine flu was actually a big deal.

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