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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jeremy Stone
... Dr. Charles Dutton
... Dr. Mark Hall
... Dr. Ruth Leavitt
... Karen Anson
... Jackson
... Major Manchek
Kermit Murdock ... Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien ... Grimes
... General Sparks
... Senator from Vermont
Mark Jenkins ... Lt. Shawn (Piedmont team)
Peter Helm ... Sgt. Crane (Piedmont team)
Joe Di Reda ... Wildfire Computer Sgt. Burk (as Joe DiReda)
Carl Reindel ... Lt. Comroe
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Storyline

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall (David Wayne, Kate Reid, and James Olson, respectively)- go to the facility, known as Wildfire, and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont (an old wino and a six-month-old baby) survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape. Written by garykmcd

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Rated G...But May Be Too INTENSE For Younger Children See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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12 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,376,563, 31 December 1971
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Crichton makes a cameo appearance in a non-speaking role during the scene where Dr. Hall is told to break scrub because he has to report to the Wildfire research facility. See more »

Goofs

Reflections of the camera team and some studio lights can be seen in the glass visor of the scientist's helmet, right after his initial encounter with the old man. See more »

Quotes

Grimes: [smugly, speaking of the President of the United States] The boss'll be pleased to know that he made the right decision on 7-12 in the first place.
Dr. Ruth Leavitt: [harsh with sarcasm] Congratulate him on his scientific insight.
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This is one of my favorite movies.
21 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I must confess that I am a Si-Fi nut. I've seen lots of Si-Fi movies and The Andromeda Strain is definately in my top five. The plot is very interesting in that it deals with a microscopic organism from outer space that is brought back to Earth by a satellite. The cast is outstanding, especially Arthur Hill who plays the leader of the research team. One of the great things about the movie is that it moves right along. So many movies seem to lag, especially at the beginning as the characters are being introduced. However, in this movie, even the beginning is exciting. I've watched this movie over and over, and never seem to get tired of it. It's just plain fun.


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