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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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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

In the film, the computer code 601 indicates a crash due to an overload of data. In the real world this code number indicates a variety of failures. With Windows computers, 601 indicates the failure of the internal CMOS battery (the battery that maintains the clock and other basic functions). In the computers of some automobiles it indicates corrupted flash memory. In remote accessed (VPN) computer systems, 601 means that a connection cannot be established. See more »

Goofs

The locator antenna's parabolic dish on the USAF van turns CCW, yet antennas turn CW, as evidenced by the CW display seen moments later within the van. Radar plan position Indicator (PPI) scopes derive their input from CW antenna data. See more »

Quotes

Pilot: [from recording] Albuquerque Center, Albuquerque Center, this is Air Force 561
Control: Go ahead, 561.
Pilot: My air hose is coming apart like it's dissolving!
Control: 561, can you...
Pilot: Everything made of rubber... is coming apart!
Pilot: [gasp] I... I feel funny.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Joe Dirt (2001) See more »

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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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