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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The following people at one time or another worked with George Maharis on Route 66: Anne Francis, Edward Asner, Simon Oakland, Harold Gould, Frank Sutton, and Henry Beckman. See more »

Goofs

When Barret first enters the vault, he dials top combination lock. The door has two locks requiring a second combination (held by another person) to open. This is common in high security, i.e. 'No-Lone' zones to prevent one person from accessing the area by themselves. 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

References The Phantom Creeps (1939) See more »

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A taught Doomsday thriller.
28 July 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable and nerve-wracking thriller of an inside robbery as a top secret Germ Warfare lab and the theft of enough deadly bacteria (The Satan Bug) to kill a city. In this case the madman is Richard Basehart (cross reference E.G. Marshall in a similar role), and look for an early Ed Asner as one of his thugs. Although a little drawn out at times, this is an effective movie worth seeing.


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