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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:
Li Fai (as Chui Tien You)
Daria Strokous ...
Yoshiaki Kobayashi ...
Teri McEvoy ...
Teri Campbell ...
Stef Tovar ...


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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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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Did You Know?


Consultant Dr. Ian Lipkin - professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - said the virus in the film is one he created based on some traits of the Nipah virus from Malaysia in the late 1990s which spread from pigs to farmers. See more »


When Li Fai, the Hong Kong patient, exits the elevator on his way home, the two red Chinese characters on the wall means "the 10th floor", while the display of the elevator says it's the 9th. However, this is likely not a goof. Floor numbering has become quite confused in Hong Kong due to a combination of British numbering (ground floor -> 1st -> 2nd -> 3rd) and the Chinese system which counts the ground floor as the 1st. Also, due to other traditions in regard to the number 4, that number may be skipped when numbering the floors. See more »


Jory Emhoff: [Rhetorically] Why can't they invent a shot that keeps time from passing?
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #8.37 (2011) See more »


All I Want Is You
Lyrics by Bono
Music by U2
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very good societal study.
16 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People wanted a thrill. People wanted action. People wanted character development. Those elements weren't the intent, however. I'd have to admit expecting an action from the marketing materials and the poster, but I don't judge movies over a preconceived notion or genre. Without throwing out spoilers, I was happy to see that it's more of an ensemble cast than a Matt Damon flick, considering his small role. Yeah, he's Gwyneth's husband, but so what? It was a good analysis on how our country, and the world at large, would react to a real medical epidemic. We saw a few overblown pandemics the last few years with H1N1 and swine flu, and I believe this movie is a what-if thought experiment on steroids. They even paid homage to the real world examples near the conclusion. Granted, the real world issues turned out to be media overhype more than a real medical scare and I believe the movie covered the media in a brilliant way. I liked this movie because it was a societal study rather than just an updated 'Outbreak.' Regarding character development, there really wasn't a place for it in this movie. The only thing that touches it was the budding relationship between the two youngsters. On the other hand, I could, just as easily, write that off as a symbol of human strength, desire, and endurance since it survived the epidemic from beginning to the end. Favorite actor for the movie: Jude Law. He really sunk his teeth into his role and I really wanted to hate him. Great job.

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