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Warning Sign (1985)

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A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural research facility finds herself and her co-worker Schmidt fighting to survive against their former friends.

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Hal Barwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... Cal Morse
Kathleen Quinlan ... Joanie Morse
Yaphet Kotto ... Major Connolly
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dr. Dan Fairchild (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Nielsen
G.W. Bailey ... Tom Schmidt
Jerry Hardin ... Vic Flint
Rick Rossovich ... Bob
Cynthia Carle Cynthia Carle ... Dana
Scott Paulin ... Captain Walston
Kavi Raz ... Dr. Ramesh Kapoor
Keith Szarabajka ... Tippett
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau ... Pisarczyk
J. Patrick McNamara ... Connolly's Aide
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Deputy Grazie
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Storyline

In an ultra secret laboratory for the developing of biological weapons, covered as "Biotek", a research center for agriculture, a serious accident occurs, spreading a sinister bacteria in the laboratory. The security guard of the complex, closes and seals the building, with all the personnel inside, making very difficult the struggle for survival, not to mention the actions that the relatives of the enclosed people are thinking to do. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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A secret experiment has gone wild - and they're all going to pay! (Video Australia) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contact mortel See more »

Filming Locations:

La Crescenta, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$707,990, 25 August 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,918,117
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the agricultural factory is 'BioTek Agronomics". Many people assume it's misspelled when in fact it was misspelled on purpose. Using "BioTek" rather than "Biotech" avoided issues with real corporations that used the proper spelling, and "agronomics" is a play at the words "agricultural" and "economics" put together. See more »

Goofs

At 1:34:01, as the antennas automatically fold up on the roof of the command center, a hand can be seen reaching up and catching one. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Nielsen: I hear you've uncovered a new antitoxin. How 'bout we tackle that?
Dr. Dan Fairchild: It's over, Nate.
Dr. Nielsen: Over? No... look... look how much we've learned!
[Nielsen shoots himself in the head with a gun while Dan Fairchild watches in horror]
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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Fairchild & Morse Break Into Biotek
Performed and composed by Craig Safan
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Realistic enough to be truly frightening
26 August 2001 | by dgpowell-3See all my reviews

Unlike many horror movies where you need to check your credulity at the door, what you see in this film is actually believable. The idea of military scientists finding a catalyst which induces rage in the human mind, then mating it with a virus as a delivery device, is a very scary idea! Imagine you could catch homicidal mania as easily as you could catch the flu.

The acting in this movie is good if somewhat uneven. Joanie (played wonderfully by Kathleen Quinlan) is a very intense character. Sam Waterston is good as her lover and the local sheriff.

The film is not slick, but has some intense moments that many "slicker" films can only dream of achieving. Overall a very suspenseful film.


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