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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


Certificate:

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Trivia

Anne Francis replaced Joan Hackett. See more »

Goofs

It might have been better for all concerned had the helicopter pilot attacked Barratt after the helicopter landed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agent Reagan: [getting out of helicopter] Thanks.
Helicopter pilot: Yes sir.
Agent Reagan: See you.
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Connections

Referenced in Venomous (2001) See more »

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a wonderful little picture
6 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie was a little film when it was released. No big stars but many familiar character actors in this simple movie about a maniac who has stolen a dangerous germ from a US government lab. The maniac is now threatening to release this pathogen and he must be found and stopped before all life on the planet is obliterated.

It's a simple enough plot but it is carried off so well. It's an intelligent movie that will appeal to someone who wants something different as well as a movie that doesn't insult your intelligence.

A somewhat similar and equally engaging film is The Andromeda Strain. Both are well worth your time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Satan Bug See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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