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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.

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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 (103) »

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Destroy or Die See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Universal

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,010,690, 14 March 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,626,690
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck Pfarrer explained in an interview that the comic book was based on the script that he wrote in the early-'90s. Because of the special effects that the script called for, it was impossible to make the script into a movie at that time, and he handed it to Dark Horse Comics who published it in 1995. Several years later, when special effects technology had caught up, Pfarrer revised the original script. See more »

Goofs

The anchor chains of large ships are secured to a bulkhead or deck in the chain locker. The attachment is not, however, intended to restrain the chain should it run free as is shown when the ship's anchor is dropped through the tug. The end of the chain should have brought debris from its tearing free from its attachment. Also, the length of chain should have been far, far longer; typically about 1,000 feet. See more »

Quotes

Captain Everton: Everton is the dominant species. I am Everton.
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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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User Reviews

 
Good entertainment
20 January 1999 | by Teddy-16See all my reviews

This movie will probably not go to the history as one of the greatest. It will probably not even be remembered a couple of years from now. But it is a good horror/thriller movie with some decent effects. It's been a while since I actually jumped more than three times in the chair. Ok, the tricks to make you jump is kind of common, but they obviously worked.

Apart from the end (that is very strange) this is a good movie. The weird thing though is that right after Kit Foster and her boyfriend ejects from the ship the storm goes away. Hmm... Of course you can't compare this with milestones like any of the Alien movies, but it is well spent money, and two hours killed time.


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