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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain



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The "Andromeda Strain" is a deadly extraterrestrial virus. It is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an "insulated" drunkard. Recruited from labs all over North America, doctors Charles Dutton (David Wayne), Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), and Mark Hall (James Olson) don radiation suits and race against time to isolate and destroy the virus. The film is based on a novel by Michael Crichton.more
Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Crichton, Nelson Gidding
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2000
Universal Pictures


Arthur Hill
as Dr. Jeremy Stone
James Olson
as Dr. Mark Hall
David Wayne
as Dr. Charles Dutton
Kate Reid
as Dr. Ruth Leavitt
Kermit Murdock
as Dr. Robertson
Peter Hobbs
as General Sparks
Eric Christmas
as Senator from Vermont
Walter Brooke
as Corpse in water (unc...
Bill Dunbar
as First Airman
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Critic Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Top Critic

Wise does rather plod through the plot.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Nothing very exciting goes on.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Robert Wise's version of Chrihton's popular novel is a decent (but no more) film, with some good art design.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain


Wise and Gidding (director and screenwriter) succesfully repeat the formula applied when adapting the psychological horror classic "The Haunting". A concise emphasis in human drama and scientific verosimilitud over a seemingly far-fetched subject. Tense and paranoid atmosphere that grows in its final stages, despite the overload of dialogue. An adrenaline-pounding thriller.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I've seen this film years ago, but I suppose I'd never really "seen" it. This truly is a science-fiction film like few others. The characters are all played by unknowns and they're all older, unlike some sci-fi films of late which leading scientists in the world are in their mid-20's with personal baggage overshadowing the main star of the film; the virus. The date/time stamps during the film give it a documentary feel here and there which makes the viewer feel as if they are as much in a hurry as the scientists. The electronic score adds to the early 70's sci-fi feel and perfectly compliments the look, and damn does it look cool in only the way director Robert Wise could make it.

If you haven't seen this film, rent it, pop some popcorn, draw the blinds and enjoy one of the more interesting science thrillers from the early 1970s.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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