Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

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Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Scott Z. Burns
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Gwyneth Paltrow ... Beth Emhoff
Tien You Chui ... Li Fai (as Chui Tien You)
Josie Ho ... Li Fai's Sister
Daria Strokous ... Irina
Matt Damon ... Mitch Emhoff
Griffin Kane ... Clark Morrow
Yoshiaki Kobayashi ... Japanese Bus Man
Laurence Fishburne ... Dr. Ellis Cheever
John Hawkes ... Roger
Jude Law ... Alan Krumwiede
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Lorraine Vasquez
Teri McEvoy Teri McEvoy ... School Nurse
Sue Redman ... ER Nurse #1
Teri Campbell Teri Campbell ... ER Nurse #2
Stef Tovar ... Dr. Arrington
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Storyline

Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Written by garykmcd

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Nothing spreads like fear See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language | See all certifications »

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Dr. Mears, when describing the R0 figure, mentions that many may be contagious without even knowing they are sick. With the Covid-19 virus, a person could be contagious for up to ten days before showing symptoms and others could be contagious without ever showing any symptoms at all. This lack of obvious symptoms is often referred to as "Asymptomatic". As of mid-May, 2020 the R0 of Covid-19 was estimated as being between 2 and 3. See more »

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About an hour in, after showing that the world is becoming isolated and there are no cars, no people on the streets etc. there are a number of static shots of empty businesses, parks and public spaces. At approx 1:09:31 there is a shot of a large empty room full of computer desks with multiple monitors completely deserted. Most of the windows show the building opposite but the far right window shows a street full of cars with lights on and normality. See more »

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Jory Emhoff: [Rhetorically] Why can't they invent a shot that keeps time from passing?
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All I Want is You
Lyrics by Bono
Music by U2
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Totally relatable
22 March 2020 | by researcher_11See all my reviews

Had I watched this movie few months back , it wouldn't have been a big deal but now it's totally relatable. Literally its like , the current situation was all scripted years back !


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English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contagion: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,403,596, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$75,658,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,515,867
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1.85 : 1
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