Formula for Death (1994)





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This made-for-TV thriller was based on Robin Cook's bestseller Outbreak, but had to be retitled to avoid conflict with a similarly plotted theatrical feature of the same name (which in fact had been conceived long after Cook's novel hit the stands in 1987). Somewhere, somehow, someone has released a rare and deadly African ebola virus into the United States, apparently for the purpose of devastating major cities with death and disease. In her efforts to track down the root cause of this virus, fearless female medical researcher Marissa Blumenthal (Nicollette Sheridan) uncovers a sinister conspiracy that may involve her own colleagues--and in so doing, all but signs her own death warrant. First aired by NBC on May 8, 1995, Robin Cook's Virus has since been rebroadcast on cable TV under the title Robin Cook's Formula for Death, thereby distancing itself even farther from Outbreak (but not from another Cook novel called Coma, vestiges of which can be discerned in the plotline of this film!)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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William Devane
as Dr. Ralph Harbuck
Nicollette Sheridan
as Marissa Blumenthal
Stephen Caffrey
as Tad Shockley
William Atherton
as Dr. Reginald Holloway
Kurt Fuller
as Dr. Williams
Barry Corbin
as Dr. Clayman
Dakin Matthews
as Dr. Dubcheck
Joe Minjares
as Dr. Newman
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This movie is based on Robin Cook's novel "Outbreak". A deadly virus is killing people in Los Angeles and it is up to the CDC to find out what it is and stop its spread. They find out that it is a strain of the Ebola virus last seen in Zaire many years ago. One of the CDC doctors Marissa Blumenthal looks deeper into the situation and finds out that it is stranger than expected. The movie does a good job at following the book, probably more so than most others in this genre. The acting is not spectacular and there are sections that can get a little slow. This movie will appeal to those who enjoy who enjoy Robin Cook's novel and possibly those who like medical thrillers. Keep an open mind on this one as it will not appeal to all.

Sean Ironmonger
Sean Ironmonger

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