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Thirst (1998)

A chemical engineer, who recently moved to town, struggles to find a way to kill a deadly new variant of Cryptosporidium that has infiltrated the town's water supply, causing people who drink it to die of thirst.

Director:

Bill Norton (as Bill L. Norton)

Writers:

John Mandel (story), Paul A. Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Arkin ... Bob Miller
Joely Fisher ... Susan Miller
Giancarlo Esposito ... Dr. Lawrence Carver
Ken Jenkins ... Lou Wolford
Phyllis Lyons Phyllis Lyons ... Allison
Michael Cudlitz ... Andy
Jimmy Galeota Jimmy Galeota ... Bobby Jr.
Casey Biggs ... Mayor Harold Warren
Viola Kates Stimpson Viola Kates Stimpson ... Mrs. Bell
Robin Dearden ... Dr. Kennedy
Nancy Bell Nancy Bell ... Mary Devane
Paul Linke ... Governor
William Forward ... Paul Davis
Jeanne Hartman Jeanne Hartman ... Mrs. Carter
Thomas Mills ... Fire Chief
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A chemical engineer, who recently moved to town, struggles to find a way to kill a deadly new variant of Cryptosporidium that has infiltrated the town's water supply, causing people who drink it to die of thirst.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguas contaminadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the first person (the old lady) flat-lines they don't apply the defibrillator paddles to her skin like you're supposed to, but instead just place them over the clothing/bedding. That WON'T WORK, as defibrillators MUST be in contact with a conductive surface (like skin) in order to transmit the charge. See more »

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Next Stop Willoughby
Written by Adam Chester
Performed by Adam Chester
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Entertaining but not extraordinary
15 October 2002 | by ChranSee all my reviews

This disaster movie is not like other disaster movies. Other disaster movies tend to follow a very rigid structure and not stray from it.

First we meet the primary characters and we get to know them through scenes of "everyday life".

Then the secondary characters whose "lives will be changed forever" are introduced.

Lastly the "enemy" is introduced. Mostly in the form of the mighty bureaucrat who won't evacuate the city or close the beaches or whatever.

This movie introduces one secondary character and uses tertiary characters for all the "unwashed masses" who are just supposed to die anyway. This enables the movie to concentrate on the efforts of the hero(es) to fix the situation and not have to show a lot of pointless drivel about dogs trapped in rain pipes and children being caught under buses.

Plus, the characters are actually well drawn and the story is somewhat believable.

I was entertained for an hour and a half and that's really the point, right?


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