The Andromeda Strain

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Although its urgent subject matter warrants less a deliberate pace, The Andromeda Strain brings Michael Crichton's techno-thriller to the big screen with striking intelligence and an engrossing sense of paranoia.

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Movie Info

Chilling tale about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in Arizona. A group of top scientists are hurriedly assembled in a bid to identify and contain the lethal stowaway. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

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Arthur Hill
Dr. Jeremy Stone
David Wayne
Dr. Charles Dutton
James Olson
Dr. Mark Hall
Kate Reid
Dr. Ruth Leavitt
Paula Kelly
Karen Anson
Ramon Bieri
Major Manchek
George Mitchell
Jackson
Kermit Murdock
Dr. Robertson
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Critic Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

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Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

  • Feb 04, 2016
    The first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer Michael Crichton's conjectural basis for this interesting foray into sci-fi. Luckily we here in the good ol' U.S. of A. probably have a super secret underground facility somewhere out in the desert ready to tackle just such a eventuality. Not only is it super secret, it's underground. And in the desert. It's probably run by a super secret computer, too. One that talks. And they can do just about anything there. Betcha. It's this kid-in-the-backyard-gee-whiz kind of wonder that starts this baby up, but too much of a good thing cuts into plot development, don't it ... maybe they can remake it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Andromeda Strain is both interesting and boring. It is interesting for lovers of scifi and technology to not only see how the organism is dealt with in the story, but also to see, outside of the story, how people of that era thought about technology and problem-solving. However, this is a long film and the middle part drags before it picks up in the last half hour to 45 minutes. The Andromeda Strain also suffers from 1950s style overacting, but, overall, the film is bearable. Recommended to patient fans of sci-fi and those interested in history.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2013
    Not bad...pretty interesting, and in terms of science, very ahead of its time (this is 1971 we're talking about here lol). This film could've used better editing though...there's plenty of scenes that drag on for too long. All in all though, this is a pretty solid disaster/outbreak movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    Robert Wise's seemingly intentionally unentertaining adaptation of Michael Crichton's disquieting novel "The Andromeda Strain" is comprised of both a great beginning and a tense ending, but its central parts are lackluster to say the least. Slow, talky and full of technical jargon, these parts of the film are boring and uneventful, and most will find it hard to pay full attention. "The Andromeda Strain" excels at being nothing more than a detailed look at the process that goes into discovering the cure for a deadly virus, but it's a real bore. Also, the split-screen editing techniques have dated just terribly.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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