The Andromeda Strain ()

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

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Dr. Jeremy Stone
Dr. Charles Dutton
Dr. Mark Hall
Dr. Ruth Leavitt
Karen Anson
Major Manchek
Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien ...
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
Toby (technician)
Clara Dutton
Air Force Major
John Carter ...
MP Capt. Morton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Ballantyne ...
Hospital Director (uncredited)
Ivor Barry ...
Murray (uncredited)
Joe Billings ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Patty Bodeen ...
Girl (uncredited)
Michael Bow ...
MP at Stone's (uncredited)
Assistant to Cabinet Secretary (uncredited)
Allison Stone (uncredited)
Jan Burrell ...
Mother - Piedmont (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ...
Technician (uncredited)
Duke Cigrang ...
Father - Piedmont (uncredited)
Rhodie Cogan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Bearded Surgeon (uncredited)
Lisa Daniels ...
Woman (uncredited)
Technician (uncredited)
Bill Dunbar ...
Vandenberg AFB Sergeant (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ...
Voice (uncredited) (voice)
Sandra Ego ...
Girl (uncredited)
Don Ellis ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Judy Farrell ...
Pam (uncredited)
Man (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ...
Dempsey - Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Sheila Jo Guthrie ...
Girl - Piedmont (uncredited)
Ray Harris ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Air Force Technician (uncredited)
Jason Johnson ...
Dr. Benedict (uncredited)
Bart La Rue ...
Medic Captain (uncredited)
Jamie Lamb ...
Boy - Piedmont (uncredited)
Cabinet Secretary (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ...
Boy (uncredited)
Theodore Lehmann ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ...
Stetson (uncredited)
Sen. McKenzie (New Mexico) (uncredited)
Cliff Medaugh ...
Civilian (uncredited)
Alarm (uncredited) (voice)
Midori ...
Bess - Lab Technician (uncredited)
Carl B. Morrison ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Olen ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Francisco Ortega ...
Gateman at Agricultural Center (uncredited)
Pete 'Old Doughboy' Arnold (uncredited)
Operator of 'The Hands' (uncredited)
Alma Platt ...
Woman (uncredited)
Capt. Morris (uncredited)
Clark Savage ...
M.P. Sergeant (uncredited)
Georgia Schmidt ...
Old Lady - Piedmont (uncredited)
Reuben Singer ...
Dr. Rudolph Karp (uncredited)
Robert Soto ...
Manuel Rios - Baby (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Man (uncredited)
Joan Swift ...
Decontamination Receptionist (uncredited)
Woman (uncredited)
Technician (uncredited)
Utah Crash Site Officer (uncredited)
Gary Waynesmith ...
Air Force Technician (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ...
Civilian (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Wise

Written by

Michael Crichton ... (novel)
Nelson Gidding ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Robert Wise ... producer

Music by

Gil Melle ... (as Gil Mellé)

Cinematography by

Richard H. Kline ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Stuart Gilmore
John W. Holmes

Production Design by

Boris Leven

Art Direction by

William H. Tuntke ... (as William Tuntke)

Set Decoration by

Ruby R. Levitt ... (set decorations) (as Ruby Levitt)

Costume Design by

Helen Colvig

Makeup Department

Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Richard Blair ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Carol Scarlatti ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ridgeway Callow ... assistant director
Walter Dominguez ... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
James Fargo ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Thomas J. Wright ... production illustrator (as Thomas Wright)
Frank Barbero ... third assistant props (uncredited)
Jack Hamilton ... second assistant props (uncredited)
Ed Keyes ... prop master (uncredited)

Sound Department

James R. Alexander ... sound (as James Alexander)
Ronald Pierce ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound
Jack Danskin ... mikeman (uncredited)
William Griffith ... recordist (uncredited)
Joseph Kite ... cableman (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Whitey McMahon ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Jamie Shourt ... special photographic effects (as James Shourt)
Douglas Trumbull ... special photographic effects
Albert Whitlock ... matte supervisor
John Whitney Sr. ... early video effects for film (uncredited)


Paul Stader ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Eric D. Andersen ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Larry Barbier ... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Benson ... assistant camera (uncredited)
James R. Connell ... camera operator (uncredited)
Everett Lehman ... gaffer (uncredited)
Doug Mathias ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jim Plannette ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Joseph Praskins ... best boy (uncredited)
Karl Reed ... key grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith ... second grip (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Robert Ellsworth ... costumer: men (uncredited)
George Harrington ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Grace Kuhn ... costumer: ladies (uncredited)

Music Department

Gordon Clark ... music engineering
Allan Sohl ... music engineering
Gil Melle ... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Brian Moffatt ... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Dave Parlato ... musician: bass (uncredited)
J. Peter Robinson ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Gretel Shanley ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Sol Goldberg ... driver captain (uncredited)

Other crew

W.M. Blackmore ... animal sequences filmed under supervision of: The American Humane Assn. (as W.M. Blackmore D.V.M.)
Attila De Lado ... titles & opticals: Universal Title (as Attila de Lado)
Richard Green ... technical advisor (as Dr. Richard Green)
George Hobby ... technical advisor
Marie Kenney ... script supervisor
William Koselka ... technical advisor
Harold Mendelsohn ... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le mystère Andromède (France)
  • Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All (Germany)
  • La amenaza de Andrómeda (Spain)
  • Andromeda uhkaa (Finland)
  • Штамм Андромеда (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 131 min
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Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Michael Crichton was invited to take a tour of Universal Studios during the production of this film. His guide was none other than Steven Spielberg, who went on to adapt Crichton's most successful novel, Jurassic Park (1993). See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the movie, vultures are shown circling over the town of Piedmont. Later, when the two scientists approach the town in a helicopter, the vultures are on the ground eating the flesh of the dead. The military even brought gas to kill off the vultures so they wouldn't fly off and spread the disease. What's interesting, is that no one gives a second thought as to why the vultures weren't dead. Even after they kill off a rat and monkey in the lab to test the disease no one wonders how it was that the vultures weren't affected. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Population: Zero (1974). See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits read: "ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This film concerns the four-day history of a major American scientific crisis. We received the generous help of many people attached to Project Scoop at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Wildfire Laboratory in Flatrock, Nevada. They encouraged us to tell the story accurately and in detail." "The documents presented here are soon to be made public. They do not in any way jeopardize the national security." See more »
Quotes Dr. Mark Hall: Most of them died instantly, but a few had time to go quietly nuts.
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