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 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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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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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

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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When Jodie Foster dropped out of the film, Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone and Robin Wright were all rumored as possible replacements. See more »

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(at around 1h 16 mins) While Casey is having the seizure in the hospital, Sam rips his shirt to allow the nurse more space to place ice on his body. In the next shot his shirt is pushed up, not ripped. See more »

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[Dr. Mascelli wipes Rudy's infected blood off Henry's face]
Henry Seward: What about AIDS or hepatitis?
Dr. Mascelli: We'll have the blood tested for you, Henry. I'm sure there's nothing to worry about.
Henry Seward: Or maybe you should give me gamma globulin or something? I wouldn't wanna give anything to my girlfriend.
Dr. Mascelli: Flowers would be nice on occasion, don't you think?
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imperfect, but entertaining
21 October 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Hoffman is a U.S. Army doctor who specializes in disease control, and is burdened with personal problems following a recent divorce. He and his research team have their work cut out for them when they're assigned to try and contain a new, terrifyingly deadly virus that's made its way from Africa and caused an unprecedented epidemic in a small U.S. coastal town. It's a race against time as they try and locate the host animal carrying the virus, as well as save the lives of the town inhabitants before his Army superiors can carry out their own agenda. Suspenseful, well-crafted thriller is not always surprising, but it is believable and acted with conviction by a dynamite cast. ***


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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:

California, USA See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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