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The Andromeda Strain 

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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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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 ...  General Michaelson 3 episodes, 2008
Adrian Holmes ...  Sam Barton 2 episodes, 2008
Nicola Anderson ...  Lt. Amy Deacon 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Perri Paul Perri ...  Dr. Smithson 2 episodes, 2008
Eve Harlow ...  Leila 2 episodes, 2008
Douglas O'Keeffe ...  Blonde Man / ... 2 episodes, 2008


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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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 »


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 »


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Inferior remake based on Michael Chricton classic novel , providing thrills and chills with no much sense
6 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town in New Mexico 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 , Eric MacCormack , investigates a government conspiracy only to discover what he is chasing wants him silenced . The team of scientists formed by Benjamin Bratt as Dr. Jeremy Stone , Christa Miller as Dr. Angela Noyce , Daniel Dae Kim as Dr. TsiChou , Ricky Schroder as Major Bill Keane , Viola Davis as Dr. Charlene Barton , all of them are assembled in a high-tech, underground facility to identify and defeat the "enemy" before it is too late. As the threat must be identified in time to save the population from extermination .

This is a fair-to-middling rendition based on Michael Chricton novel , previously adapted by Robert Wise with Arthur Hill, James Olsen , Paula Kelly , David Wayne , Kate Reid . It deals with a strange satellite falling back to earth carrying a deadly bacteria , as a crack team experiences strong difficulties as it becomes clear that the satellite has performed its intended function all too well, and has brought back something from space . It was originally exhibited as a two-part miniseries , but has also been edited into 4 different parts intended for airing as hour long episodes with commercials . This Sci-Fi yarn hits hard in the creepy beginning when an U.S. Army satellite , Scoop , falls to earth near Piedmont and population being destroyed , and in the hair-raising climax , as an extremely exciting ending , in fact , it is worthy of a typical action/thriller movie . However , the tension and suspense inherent in the bestselling Chricton novel is talked down by excessive changes from original book and a boring cast . After a splendidly traditional opening set piece , the message about the risks of scientific research starts to loom ponderously large with banks of super-computers dedicated to investigation as well as inclusion some weird elements as ¨Worm holes¨ and underwater bacteria ¨bacillus Infernus¨. As you'll perch on the very edge of the armchair when protagonists fight against time assailed by the Andrómeda Strain and to disarm the self-destruct device before it can trigger itself off .

The motion picture was regularly directed by Mikael Salomon . Filmmaker makes rather plod through the screenplay , so that when the scientists finally get the connection between the micro-thing from outer space and a secret bacteriologic warfare , it seems heavily developed and high time , indeed . Salomon has stated his intention of working on less of the TV-series and pilots that force him to compromise his visions, in favor of more qualitative features and mini-series . He made some films but also directed other series , episodes and TV movies as ¨Rome¨, ¨The Company¨, ¨The Grid¨, ¨Salem's lot¨ , ¨Band of Brothers¨, ¨Six¨, ¨Pompeii¨, ¨Damien¨, ¨Young Arthur¨ and many others

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Release Date:

26 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Andromeda Strain See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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