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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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A satellite crashes near a small Arizona town, bringing with it a deadly alien virus in this science fiction thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel. After the townspeople are wiped out by the contagion, a team of scientists bands together to eliminate the virus before it spreads nationwide.

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Cast

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
Eric Christmas
as Senator from Vermont
Peter Hobbs
as General Sparks
Walter Brooke
as Corpse in water (uncredited)
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
Variety
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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

½

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Aj V

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