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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>

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


Certificate:

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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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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

In his memoirs, Charlton Heston says he was asked to play the lead. In The Omega Man (1971) he does play a doctor who develops a vaccine for a bug that kills most of the population of earth. 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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Taut thriller, 60's style, that reminds us of another way that the world might end
20 November 1998 | by jim-251See all my reviews

THE SATAN BUG is a very competent treatment of a CBW (chemical and biological warfare) nightmare scenario: Somebody steals from a Defense fortress a flask of the deadliest bugs ever developed. George Maharis is there to try to track down the baddies, as is Anne "Forbidden Planet" Francis. And prime psycho villain? Richard "Commander Nelson" Basehart! His paranoid stooge? Ed Asner! Dana Andrews is chief spook presiding over a scenario that features the end of the world accomplished not by atoms, but by microbes. For its time a very alarming and fast paced thriller.


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