The Satan Bug (1965)

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Alarms start flashing all the way from California to Washington when Station 3, a top-secret, ultra-high-security research facility, is broken into -- and a group of flasks containing two deadly viruses, one of them (nicknamed "The Satan Bug") possibly unstoppable, are stolen. Counter-intelligence specialist Lee Barrett (George Maharis) is called in to work with the regular security and intelligence personnel in determining who has the deadly substances, and why. Working with him is Ann (Anne Francis), an old flame and the daughter of the man (Dana Andrews) handling this on behalf of Washington -- working against them are a pair of psychopaths (Frank Sutton, Ed Asner) reporting to a mysterious financier, Charles Reynolds Ainsley, who has an agenda he's keeping secret for now. And the sidelines are populated by a group of flustered scientists (Richard Basehart, Simon Oakland, Harold Gould) and administrators (John Larkin, John Anderson), one of whom knows a lot more than he's telling about why the Satan Bug was stolen.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
United Artists

Cast

George Maharis
as Lee Barrett
Richard Basehart
as Dr. Gregor Hoffman
Anne Francis
as Ann Williams
Dana Andrews
as Gen. Williams
Edward Asner
as Veretti
Frank Sutton
as Donald
John Larkin
as Michaelson
Richard Bull
as Cavanaugh
Martin Blaine
as Martin
John Anderson
as Reagan
Russ Bender
as Mason
Hari
as Johnson
Hari Rhodes
as Johnson
John Clarke
as Raskin
Simon Oakland
as Tasserly
Henry Beckman
as Dr. Baxter
Harold Gould
as Dr. Ostrer
James Hong
as Dr. Yang
Harry Lauter
as Fake SDI Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Satan Bug

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Satan Bug was a soft performer and has largely been forgotten over time, but it's a natural watch for audiences in the mood for intelligent fare.

Full Review… | September 26, 2015
Creative Loafing

The slow-moving film was dull from the get-go and never picked up any momentum.

Full Review… | May 10, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Satan Bug

½

Suspenseful with a good score, fine production and a very interesting story. It is a little too long but I never lost interest. Good cast, effective cinematography. A good movie.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Solving the mysteries and strong acting keep you interested, even at moments the science may seem a little silly.

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