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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 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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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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The picture runs 130 minutes!... The story covers 96 of the most critical hours in man's history!... The suspense will last through your lifetime! 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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Death metal band Nocturnus has a song called "Andromeda Strain" on their début album, The Key. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Hall is being scanned, you can see in the reflection on the screen that he is wearing an athletic supporter. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ruth Leavitt: I never liked red lights. They remind me of my years in a bordello.
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Crazy Credits

There is no music over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Northern Exposure: Blowing Bubbles (1992) See more »

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well what a surprise this is!
18 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie quite a while ago, but it made a cracking impression on me. Really if you like 60/70 sci-fi movies this is definitely the movie youve been searching for. Brilliant camerawork ,acting, scenary. And the story is so *****in good. Its too bad they dont make these anymore nowadays.

Believe me if i tell you that im a very critical moviefanatic but this movie is really the best sci-fi movie after A space Odyssey 2001.

9+ / 10 GREAT!!!!

Well on second hand 10 / 10


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