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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.


Wolfgang Petersen
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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When Sam and Salt shoot the monkey with a tranquilizer gun, the monkey walks slowly back into the woods and lies down. This scene was filmed in cuts. We first see Salt aim and fire the gun. We never actually see the monkey get shot. Then we see the monkey walk slowly into the woods. For this scene, the trainer had tied a dart with a soft cord around the monkey's waist, placed the monkey on her mark and then cued her to stop and lie down. For the close-up shot, the trainer placed the monkey on the ground and cued her to stay. In order to get different camera angles and more takes, an animatronic monkey was used. The animatronic monkey was also used when Sam and Salt picked her up and put him in the helicopter. See more »


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


Sam Daniels: Just don't get negative on me.
Major Salt: Affirmative.
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Spoofed in Spaceballs: The Animated Series: Outbreak (2008) See more »


Written by Jim Kee
Performed by Voxen
Courtesy of Statue Records
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An under-rated action-packed thriller from start to finish!
8 March 2020 | by edmundwellsSee all my reviews

I loved this movie when it first came out and found it just as enjoyable upon a recent re-watching. Afterwards, I noticed that it carried the same IMDB rating of 6.6 as a more recent disease-disaster movie, "Contagion", which I find perplexing.

While "Outbreak" was fast-paced and carried an engaging plot with an exciting climax, "Contagion" played out like a BBC documentary, with no real plot, no character development, and no climactic finish. Both movies had great casts, but I felt that they were largely wasted in "Contagion" since the characters were incidental to the virus and you never become invested in anyone's welfare. Neither is wholly realistic, but at least one is entertaining.

I challenge fans of the genre to watch both movies and vote to correct what seems to be a great injustice to "Outbreak", which is clearly a more entertaining movie.

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Release Date:

10 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,420,387, 12 March 1995

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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