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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't talk to anyone. Don't touch anyone. See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


At one point Dr Cheever, played by Laurence Fishburne, says the Spanish flu of 1918 killed "70 million people, representing 1% of world population". Actually, the death toll is not that precise: it is estimated between 50 and 100 million. Also, the world population in 1918 was slightly less than 2 billion (also an estimate): hence the Spanish flu death toll ranged from 2.5% to 5%. Surprinsingly, that flu was deadlier than WWI; however its lethality was increased but the poor health of the population after the war. See more »


First Haz-Mat: [Putting a body in a mass grave] When did we run out of body bags?
Second Haz-Mat: Two days ago.
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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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User Reviews

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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