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Outbreak (1995)

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Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Sam Daniels
Rene Russo ... Robby Keough
Morgan Freeman ... General Billy Ford
Kevin Spacey ... Casey Schuler
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Major Salt
Donald Sutherland ... General Donald McClintock
Patrick Dempsey ... Jimbo Scott
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
Malick Bowens ... Dr. Raswani
Susan Lee Hoffman ... Dr. Lisa Aronson
Benito Martinez ... Dr. Julio Ruiz
Bruce Jarchow ... Dr. Mascelli
Leland Hayward III Leland Hayward III ... Henry Seward
Daniel Chodos Daniel Chodos ... Rudy Alvarez
Dale Dye ... Colonel Briggs
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Storyline

Colonel Dr. Sam Daniels has just divorced his wife Robby Keough, who works at the CDC. Out of the blue, he is assigned by his superior General Billy Ford to investigate a lethal disease in an African village with his crew formed by the scientist Casey Schuler and Major Dr. Salt. They are impressed by the disease and Colonel Daniels reports to General Ford his findings afraid of contamination in the USA. However General Ford tells that the disease kills so fast that would never reach their country. However, an African smuggled monkey carrier of the disease is brought to USA and the customs employee Jimbo Scott unsuccessfully tries to sell the animal. He releases the monkey in the woods and spreads the disease in the beginning of an outbreak in a small town in California. Now Colonel Daniels, his ex-wife and their teams must fight the invisible enemy while Colonel Daniels discovers dark secrets from his superior General Donald McClintock. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Jimbo drives the car with the monkey in the cage in the back seat. In reality, the car was on a soundstage so it was never really moving. The monkey's cage had been prepped for the scene by removing the bottom of the cage to give the monkey more space. The monkey, still in the back seat of the car spits on Jimbo. For this scene, the trainer put water in the monkey' mouth with a syringe and cued the monkey to spit water out. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) When McClintock's helicopter goes under the bridge and splashes into the water while chasing Daniels' helicopter, the pilot can be seen wearing sunglasses. He is not wearing sunglasses in closeup shots. See more »

Quotes

[Jimbo prepares to leave the lab with the monkey He approaches a gate. A guard walks up]
Biotest Guard: [hearing the monkey chattering] Oh, I see. So your ship came in again, eh, Jimbo?
Jimbo Scott: Our ship, Neil.
[laughs]
Biotest Guard: Our ship.
Jimbo Scott: [pulls out some money] Africa, land of great beauty and untold riches.
[Jimbo hands the money to the guard]
Biotest Guard: Absolutely untold.
Jimbo Scott: Keep it that way.
[the guard opens the gate]
[...]
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If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)
Written and Performed by Pete Droge
Courtesy of American Recordings
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Well Made Film
12 October 2008 | by FilmFanInTheHouseSee all my reviews

Outbreak (1995, Dir. Wolfgang Peterson)

It's 1967 and there's a deadly outbreak of 100% mortality rate virus in Motaba River Valley, Zaire. The Valley is destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading, but 27 years later, the virus finds its way over to the USA aboard a monkey. This time though, the virus has evolved and is now airborne, as Col. Sam Daniels (Hoffman) races to not only prevent a virus epidemic but to prevent the destruction of Cedar Creek by the corrupt Maj. Gen. Donald McClintock (Sutherland).

Great acting from its talented cast and superb storytelling make a well made film which hooks you into waiting for the final outcome. Story doesn't focus on the effects of the virus, but rather the hunt for the cure, which makes a far better film.

You want a hotshot scope-jockey, fine, but, frankly, I'm hurt. – Maj. Casey Schuler (Kevin Spacey)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean | French

Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,420,387, 12 March 1995

Gross USA:

$67,659,560

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,859,560
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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