After outrunning a typhoon at sea, a strong-willed tugboat navigator and her crew discover a high-tech alien life form that's taken control of a Russian research vessel and aims to destroy on a massive scale.

Director:

John Bruno

Writers:

Chuck Pfarrer (creator: Dark Horse Comic Book series: "Virus"), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Kit Foster
William Baldwin ... Steve Baker
Donald Sutherland ... Captain Robert Everton
Joanna Pacula ... Nadia
Marshall Bell ... J.W. Woods Jr.
Sherman Augustus ... Richie
Cliff Curtis ... Hiko
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Squeaky
Yuri Chervotkin Yuri Chervotkin ... Colonel Kominski
Keith Flippen ... Captain Lonya Rostov
Olga Rzhepetskaya-Retchin Olga Rzhepetskaya-Retchin ... Female Cosmonaut
Levani ... Captain Alexi
David Eggby ... Norfolk Captain
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Storyline

When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crew member is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out mechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Because of the ship being mothballed in the James River Reserve Fleet, on the border of Isle of Wight County and city of Newport News, the ship was covered in rust and disrepair when the filming started. For the movie, one side of the ship was painted and dressed up, leaving the other half in poor condition. Hence, only one side of the ship was ever filmed on camera for the movie. See more »

Goofs

Just before they go outside, Foster is just wearing a sweater and jeans, but in the next shot of her outside, she is wearing her raincoat. See more »

Quotes

Goliath Machine: English. Do you speak English?
Kelly Foster: Fuck you!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD contains three deleted scenes:
  • a discussion between Foster and Richie, in which Richie says he doesn't like Foster aboard a ship, which is followed by a discussion of Hiko's tattoos. Then Hiko tells Baker about his ancestors and his greatest fear.
  • an extended version of the scene where Foster and Baker flee using the rocket motors.
  • the original entrance of Everton into the Antenna Control room, which was changed in the theatrical release because the studio felt that adding computer generated robotic legs would cost too much and because the test audiences didn't like the line "It's me: Bob."
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Connections

References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Compilation of other genres is the perfect title
6 June 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

I love cheesy underrated movies like this! It really is like a mix of X-Files, Alien, Robocop, and Terminator. Loaded with an awesome cast and some ridiculous mindless writing not meant to be taken seriously. Sci-Fi like this really should be appreciated more!


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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA | UK | Germany | Japan | France

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virus See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport News, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,013,640, 18 January 1999

Gross USA:

$14,036,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,657,854
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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