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Virus (1999)

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When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

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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russian | ship | storm | alien | sea | See All (107) »

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It Is Aware See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA | UK | Germany | Japan | France

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vírus 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, 17 January 1999

Gross USA:

$14,010,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,626,690
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

John Bruno was about to start work on the visual effects for Titanic (1997) when the offer came through to direct his first feature. As of 2018, it remains the only motion picture he directed, the rest being documentaries and TV series. 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: Checkmate.
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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; and
  • 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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References Deep Rising (1998) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Better than evreyone makes it out to be
13 July 2006 | by Christopher-PeznolaSee all my reviews

A mediocre storyline (i.e. Titanic) can become a world class film with character development, believable dialogue, and, for lack of a better word, some Hollywood magic. This film could have been a blockbuster with less action, less noise, less effects and more humans being human. Look at 2001 A Space Odyssey, Jaws, Titanic and countless other films, and you'll see that the story was about as interesting as Virus, and the actors, equally talented. Virus failed to deliver characters that we could believe and identify with.

I still recommend this film highly, as its interesting, it contains Jamie Lee Curtis (a hottie) and Donald Sutherland (a 20th century legend), lots of effects and action. In a way its sort of fun to watch quality actors attempt to make the best of horrible dialogue.

A 7 out of 10 for storyline and casting


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