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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.

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Wolfgang Petersen
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Cast

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

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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This animal carries a deadly virus... and the greatest medical crisis in the world is about to happen. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean | French

Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outbreak See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcata, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman and Maya Angelou did uncredited work on the script, but most of their work went unused. See more »

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There are no (naturally occurring) Capuchin monkeys in Africa. See more »

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Mrs. Pananides: I have a friend in the Coast Guard, all I have to do is call...
Sam Daniels: How close a friend?
Mrs. Pananides: Closer than his wife would like.
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A classic disaster movie which is mostly down to the top notch cast
2 September 2015 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of disaster movies, this one is a classic mostly due to the outstanding cast attached (Donald Sutherland, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding Jr.) and an (almost) realistic story.

It's a decent movie for the most part although does get a bit hokey and over the top where the government conspiracy angle is concerned. I enjoyed the virus story a lot: how it spreads, finding the host, tracing the origin. The movie theatre scene with the man coughing is scary, as we watch the little microbes float through the air infecting the entire audience. I've thought about that scene many times over the years. Patrick Dempsy was a surprise here, playing Jimbo the young grunge dude who steals the monkey.

The cast is fantastic with Hoffman as the lead expert on contagious diseases trying to stamp out a killer virus in a small California town. Russo plays his soon to be ex-wife and Spacey and Gooding both work under him. Hoffman does pretty well as the action hero, his scenes with Cuba and are good as they steal a helicopter and they're on the run, good chemistry. Morgan Freeman is a General caught in the middle, trying to cover up the fact that he and Donald Sutherland bombed the hell out of an African village in the 60's to halt the same disease.

Sutherland's character becomes too much, almost comical towards the end in his sublime efforts to stop Hoffman from finding out the truth and to complete his (personal) mission of eradicating the infected town. This was too much.

Still a good movie, scary and for the most part well done.8/23/15


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