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The Satan Bug (1965)

A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, prompting a security officer to act.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel) (as Ian Stuart), James Clavell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Maharis ... Lee Barrett
Richard Basehart ... Dr. Gregor Hoffman
Anne Francis ... Ann Williams
Dana Andrews ... Gen. Williams
John Larkin John Larkin ... Dr. Leonard Michaelson
Richard Bull ... Eric Cavanaugh
Frank Sutton ... Donald
Edward Asner ... Veretti (as Ed Asner)
Simon Oakland ... Tasserly
John Anderson ... Agent Reagan
John Clarke John Clarke ... Lt. Raskin
Hari Rhodes ... Lt. Johnson
Martin Blaine ... Martin
Henry Beckman ... Dr. Baxter
Harry Lauter ... Fake SDI Agent
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Storyline

A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The price for uncovering the secret of the satan bug comes high - YOUR LIFE!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimagent Barrett greift ein See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though it follows the general plot rather closely, there are a number of differences between this adaptation and the original novel by Alistair MacLean. Notably among them, in the novel the action is set in the UK, Station Three is called the Mordon Microbiological Research Establishment, George Maharis' character is called Pierre Cavell and Anne Francis' character is called Mary and is actually married to George Maharis' character. See more »

Goofs

At the climax, some long shots of the helicopter show the right side's door missing before the fight between Barrett and the pilot knocks it off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agent Reagan: [getting out of helicopter] Thanks.
Helicopter pilot: Yes sir.
Agent Reagan: See you.
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Ages Well
3 January 2004 | by loreguySee all my reviews

This is still (in the 21st Century) a pretty good thriller. Maharis and Basehart are top-notch, plus Ann and Dana are very good. The plot is still very topical (as in Weapons of Mass Destruction). Would be a good remake candidate.


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