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The Andromeda Strain 

A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.
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2008  
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Benjamin Bratt ...  Dr. Jeremy Stone 4 episodes, 2008
Christa Miller ...  Dr. Angela Noyce 4 episodes, 2008
Louis Ferreira ...  Colonel James C. Ferrus 4 episodes, 2008
Ricky Schroder ...  Major Bill Keane MD 4 episodes, 2008
Michal Suchánek ...  Lance Stone 4 episodes, 2008
Eric McCormack ...  Jack Nash 4 episodes, 2008
Daniel Dae Kim ...  Dr. Tsi Chou 4 episodes, 2008
Barry Flatman ...  Charles 'Chuck' Beeter 4 episodes, 2008
Ted Whittall ...  President William J. Scott 4 episodes, 2008
Ted Atherton ...  Edward 'Ed' Dewitt 4 episodes, 2008
Andre Braugher ...  General George W. Mancheck 4 episodes, 2008
Juan Carlos Velis ...  Roach 4 episodes, 2008
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ...  General Blair 4 episodes, 2008
Viola Davis ...  Dr. Charlene Barton 3 episodes, 2008
Anna Galvin ...  Lisa Stone 3 episodes, 2008
Jonathan Potts ...  Pat Terrence 3 episodes, 2008
Ava Salomon Ava Salomon ...  Sarah Scott 3 episodes, 2008
Emily Holmes ...  Joanne Scott 3 episodes, 2008
Fred Keating ...  Charles Henderson 3 episodes, 2008
Denise Galik ...  Annie Dillon 3 episodes, 2008
Kurt Max Runte ...  Sherriff Martin Willis 3 episodes, 2008
Cory Dagg Cory Dagg ...  General Michaelson 3 episodes, 2008
Adrian Holmes ...  Sam Barton 2 episodes, 2008
Nicola Anderson ...  Lt. Amy Deacon 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Perri ...  Dr. Smithson 2 episodes, 2008
Eve Harlow ...  Leila 2 episodes, 2008
Douglas O'Keeffe ...  Blonde Man / ... 2 episodes, 2008
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In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors. As the military quarantines the area, a team of highly specialized scientists is assembled to find a cure to the pathogen code-named "Andromeda," and a reporter investigates a government conspiracy only to discover what he is chasing wants him silenced. Written by Official Site

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It's A Bad Day To Be Human.


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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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The Andromeda Strain See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the source novel by Michael Crichton, the main scientists were mainly white (presumably) heterosexual men, but Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the teleplay for this remake made the decision to change the characters' ethnicities, sexualities, and genders because, he said in a May 2008 interview with Brent Hartinger on afterelton.com, "If you're going to update the story, which is our mandate, you have an obligation to reflect the world as it is." Schenkkan further said that he decided to include the brief reference to Keene (Ricky Schroder) being gay because of a principle invented by Crichton in the original novel, the "Odd Man Hypothesis," which states that in a time of crisis, an unmarried, unattached person [Crichton specified a man] with no family to distract him would have the best chance of making rational, unbiased, unemotional decisions. See more »

Goofs

The computer-generated F-16 used in the movie has a tail marking of "CL". There are no USAF or ANG F-16's with the tail marking "CL". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff Megan: [to Suzie] That's a lion out there. And a triangle.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Not the same as the movie

I have not read Crichton's novel, and have no intention of ever doing so, so I cannot compare either version to it, only the two to each other. This aired as four one-hour episodes, with commercials, so without, the running time was probably around 180 minutes. That gives it more time to explore the concept, and though some of it is used on action(!) and pushing PC(not computer, the other kind) messages, it is utilized. This very much tries to "update" the story. Where the original had a masterfully established atmosphere of isolation, claustrophobia and sterility, in the design of the lab, this one has it be high-tech and futuristic(because they can), and has plenty of scenes taking place outside of it as well as contact between inside and out. The subtle, skillful and careful cinematography and editing of the film are discarded for stylizing the crap out of a lot of what we see, and at least a little of it is frankly silly. This has excellent special effects, and it does tend to be well-shot. Dialog and acting are good, if Miller is so similar to her recurring role on Scrubs that it is a constant distraction. The plot is reasonable, and develops nicely. This has a couple of interesting science fiction ideas gone over. I recommend this to fans of virus flicks. 7/10


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