Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
When a disease in Africa is discovered, Colonel Sam Daniels of the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases or USAMRIID, is sent to investigate. When he reports back to his superior officer General Ford and tells him that they should put out an alert on this disease but the General that since the disease is so far away and not airborne that it can't possibly reach the U.S. However, a monkey from that part of Africa was captured and brought to the U.S. and a man who works at the customs house took it and tried to sell it but when the person he tried to sell it to rejected it he released it. Later the man who arrived in Boston collapses and dies, Col. Daniels wants to look into it but General Ford denies his request so he turns to his ex-wife, who works at the Center for Disease Control or CDC to look into and they discover it's the African disease but since it kills very quickly, Col. Daniels feels that it's been contained until another outbreak!Written by
Betsy, the white-headed capuchin Monkey, also appeared on Friends (1994) as Marcel, Ross' pet. The monkey's role in this movie was spoofed by a poster showing Marcel as the star in the fictional movie "Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan". This movie and Friends (1994) were Warner Brothers productions. See more »
(at around 1h 24 mins) When Col. Daniels commandeers the H-6 they put on headsets that are hanging in the helicopter. However, since all military helicopter pilots and aircrew wear helmets with integrated ICS there is no reason why any headsets would ever reasonably be hanging in a military helicopter. See more »
If you think I'm lying, drop the bomb. If you think I'm crazy, drop the bomb. But don't drop the bomb just because you're following orders!
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Columbia outbid Warner Brothers for the film rights to the non-fiction book "The Hot Zone", and got to work on a script entitled, "Crisis in the Hot Zone". Warner Brothers shrugged its shoulders and decided to make a competing killer disease film NOT based on the book; and so they got together a script, director and cast as quickly as possible in the hopes of getting "Outbreak" to cinema screens first. After a brief tussle Columbia realised the fight wasn't worth it, and backed out. "Crisis in the Hot Zone" was never made.
Probably a pity, for "Outbreak" shows every sign of being conceived in haste. For a film about one of the most terrifying scenarios available - the new Black Death - it's surprisingly unfrightening. Try to remain calm, is the tag-line. You won't have to try very hard.
The screenwriters - and let's not blame them, since I suspect that they had but a single weekend in which to write it all - sprinkle the film with tiresome clichés I won't bother to mention - not that this matters very much. The real problem is that things are done just too easily. By the end of the film Dustin Hoffman is leaping tall buildings in a single bound - which just makes us feel that the buildings couldn't have been so high, after all.
(A side point: why, yet again, is the United States the only thing that matters? The same new killer virus is already on the loose in Africa and could strike without warning elsewhere - why doesn't this worry anyone?)
Basically this is another movie killed by undue haste. The director does his job reasonably well, the dialogue is uninspired but not clunky, and Dustin Hoffman has enough charisma to keep us interested in his character, at any rate. It's not really a bad movie. But Warner Brothers has slapped up any old thing and called it a taut thriller - and it certainly isn't that.
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