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Quiet Killer (1992)

The real-life Plague of Justinian that killed half of the world population in 6th century AD reappears in modern day New York City. As mass panic leads to chaos, a female doctor tries to stop the outbreak.


Sheldon Larry


Gwyneth Cravens (book), John S. Marr (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Jackson ... Dr. Nora Hart
Al Waxman ... Mayor Andy Carmichael
Jeffrey Nordling ... Dr. Jake Prescott
Chip Zien ... Dr. Lionel Katz
Barbara Williams ... Charlene
David Hewlett ... Nyles Chapman
Jerry Orbach ... Dr. Vincent Califano
Howard Hesseman ... Calvin Phillips
Alma Martinez ... Dolores
Tom Mardirosian ... Kaprow
Kathleen Robertson ... Sara Dobbs
Luis Guzmán ... Adelaido (as Luis Guzman)
Kristina Nicoll ... Dr. Lipsky
Michael Copeman ... Limo Driver
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Dr. Henshaw


On her way home in a plane to New York, the teenage Sarah gets very ill. She realizes too late that it's more than a cold and with her parents still on vacation, she breaks down in the middle of the street and dies shortly after in a hospital -- by the plague, as the terrified coroners find out. While trying to keep this from the public to avoid a panic, epidemic commissioner Dr. Nora Hart has to investigate Sarah's identity and find everyone who had contact with her. If she misses a single person, the plague could kill half the city in a few days! Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The people of New York City face certain death. Dr. Nora Hart has five days to save them.


Sci-Fi | Thriller




Canada | France | USA



Release Date:

24 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic in the City See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ths film was set to premiere in January 1992 but was postponed due to the State of the Union Address. See more »

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Pretty good for a TV movie
25 April 2003 | by Steeve McCauleySee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this flim. Kate Jackson was a bit wooden, but overall the acting was pretty good. The scenes early on when the young woman becomes ill, and eventually succumbs, were great. It is horrifying to think what would actually happen if a plague like this really struck a large city like New York. And SARS is nothing compared to what this sort of epidemic would be like. It seemed to be well researched, and the reactions of the poeple involved seemed realistic.

*** out of five

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