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.


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


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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When the dogs are in the taxi, they are barking to get out to Sam. One of them hangs his head out of the window of the taxi. For this scene, two trainers had positioned the dogs in the back seat of the car. One of the trainers sat in the back seat with the dogs while the other one called the dogs from behind to look back at Sam. Between takes, while the dogs were in the car, the air conditioner was kept on for their comfort. See more »


(at around 20 mins) While arguing next to the cab, Keough has a statue under her arm, in the next shot it's gone. See more »


Nurse Emma: They keep coming in. What's wrong with these people?
Dr. Mascelli: I don't know, Emma. I don't know. Get me the county health department, now!
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Not worth it-a farce of the military and American public health system
30 March 2002 | by jsgpenguinSee all my reviews

As both an officer of the US Army and a student of medicine and public health, I was appalled by the number of mistakes and inaccuracies in Outbreak. It started off great-I thought it was going to be an excellent movie (along the lines of Richard Preston's book "The Hot Zone). Boy was I disappointed! It turned into a laughing matter-from soldiers trained in medicine somehow becoming fighter pilots in mere minutes, Chinese sailors all of a sudden being able to communicate with Americans, and a fight among high-ranked military generals. Oh, and don't forget that they somehow had the ability to create an antiserum to a deadly hemorrhagic virus in an hour. Amazing! Aside from the ridiculous nature of some of the actions, there were many scientific inaccuracies and the plot really ends up going nowhere. It is a predictable and disappointing flick-I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, past the first hour.

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Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outbreak See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,420,387, 12 March 1995

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Color (Technicolor)

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