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Contaminated Man (2000)

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In 1986, David Whitman came home, contaminated his wife and child, and watched them die. Years later, he leads a hazmat team investigating an industrial accident near Budapest. One ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Hickox

Writer:

John Penney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... David R. Whitman
Natascha McElhone ... Holly Anderson
Peter Weller ... Joseph Müller
Katja Woywood Katja Woywood ... Karin Schiffer
Michael Brandon ... Wyles
Nikolett Barabas ... Hunter
Hendrick Haese ... Peck
Désirée Nosbusch ... Kelly Whitman
Arthur Brauss ... Lead Detective
Christopher Cazenove ... President of Clarion
Hardy Krüger Jr. Hardy Krüger Jr. ... Plant Manager
Thomas Fritsch ... Gambler
Geraldine McEwan ... Lilian Rodgers
Mari Nagy Mari Nagy ... Alma
Aron Soos Aron Soos ... Joseph's Son
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In 1986, David Whitman came home, contaminated his wife and child, and watched them die. Years later, he leads a hazmat team investigating an industrial accident near Budapest. One contaminated man escaped. Terrorist expert Holly Anderson is part of a unit which operates on the premise that the contaminated man is a terrorist murdering his victims. Whitman, on the other hand, believes the contaminated man to be an innocent victim. Either way, the contaminated man must be found, because after he touches people, they live only a few minutes. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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USA | UK | Germany | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El asesino silencioso See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The doors of the lab have a radiation symbol above the text "Bio Hazard". A biohazard symbol should have been used instead. See more »

Quotes

Karin Schiffer: As far as I can tell, he's fine.
David R. Whitman: I'd be a lot better if you stopped jamming needles into me.
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occasionally exciting, sometimes chilling
18 April 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In 1986, David is coming home to his wife Kelly, who is finishing an art work (which later appears on David's desk) and planning to put on something skimpy. The hot night they were planning never happens.

In 'present day' Budapest, Joseph has been fired after 22 years. He enters a room where he is not authorized to be, a room where most people have to wear 'space suits' because of dangerous substances. After an incident, David's HAZMAT team is called in. Holly is also investigating the incident--as a possible terrorist act. We know where this is going when Holly meets David and says, 'Cool suit! Are we expecting Martians?'

The company president won't reveal what is inside, calling the specifics 'trade secrets'. David must visit Lilian, the CEO--they have a history after something she did in the United States.

I won't say who 'Contaminated Man' is, or whether he knows what he is doing. I will only say that everyone he comes in close contact with dies within an hour, while this 'Typhoid Mary' only has a bad cough. One other person is immune, because he went through tests with the same chemical, a pesticide that has become very dangerous, possibly because there were plans to use it as a chemical weapon in war.

Whoever made this movie had trouble making up their mind what type it would be. There were some quite exciting chase scenes, especially in the second half, but sometimes it was quite slow. At one point, it seemed like the solution would be too easy, but the movie had thirty minutes to go, so a new twist was added to make it more interesting.

Sometimes the movie could be chilling, with otherworldly music, as danger was suggested. Once, the video looked normal but the audio resembled a 78 RPM record played at 33--quite effective. And sometimes it was more of a romantic comedy.

Overall, the result was pretty good--for a TV-movie, anyway. Not too much violence--though one person got shot and the blood just spurted out. Not every opportunity was taken to show gore (fine with me), even though there were plenty of chances.


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