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Warning Sign (1985)




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In yet another ostensible thriller about deadly germs wreaking havoc on human life and psyches, this is a frenetic, uneven story about germs going berserk in a sealed-off lab, giving rise to infected humans more berserk than the germs. The lab is secretly developing weapons of biological warfare, and when an accident occurs that immediately seals off the building, it looks as though some of the workers have died from their exposure to the invisible killers. But, lo and behold, these apparent corpses leap up from death and, rabidly homicidal, they can hardly wait to kill off any human in their vicinity. This makes the potential victims about as vicious as their attackers in their need to escape from room to room, turning the lab into a kind of asylum for the homicidally insane. No wonder that chief cop Cal Morse (Sam Waterston) has a job and a half on his hands -- made worse because his girlfriend (Kathleen Quinlan) is in there with the loonies. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Sam Waterston
as Cal Morse
Kathleen Quinlan
as Joanie Morse
Yaphet Kotto
as Maj. Connolly
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Dan Fairchild
Richard Dysart
as Dr. Nielsen
G.W. Bailey
as Tom Schmidt
Jerry Hardin
as Vic Flint
Scott Paulin
as Capt. Walston
Kavi Raz
as Dr. Ramesh Kapoor
Jack Thibeau
as Pisarczyk
J. Patrick McNamara
as Connolly's Aide
Tom McFadden
as Deputy Grazio
Kyle T. Heffner
as Video Technician
Meshach Taylor
as Video Technician
Lori Hallier
as TV Reporter
Jeannie Epper
as Woman on Video Screen
Gilbert Smith
as Man on Schmidt's Team
Nancie Kawata
as Woman in Cafeteria
James B. Dirker
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Warning Sign

All Critics (5)

This film written begins with the seriousness of The Andromeda Strain and then veers off into something akin to The Return of the Living Dead. The two genres don't mix.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Warning Sign takes what should have been an exciting subject (ie Outbreak) and turns it into an excrutiatingly dull one (ie The Andromeda Strain).

Full Review… | March 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Warning Sign

A fun disaster thriller film. Though there are better ones out there, it mostly works. The actors seem fairly interested, and the plot is pretty good too. Recommended for a rental.

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Nice biohazard horror flick with a cool cast. Presages 28 Days Later in some ways in its depiction of a virus that affects the rage center of the human brain. Warning Sign is perhaps outdated now that we have moved from the Cold War era to the era of the War on Terrorism, but it is still a cool indictment of the government's deception of the publilc and nice little horror film as well.

Al Miller
Al Miller

Pretty simple 80's fare about a government biological warfare building is completely sealed off when a tiny rip occurs in a contamination suit. Everybody starts freaking out, but all is calmed down and the wait for re-opening ensues. Soon, people die, and then get back up, and stop being nice and being hunting down the few survivors left in the building. There's some terrific performances from leads Sam Waterston and Kathleen Quinlan, but nothing spectacular. Still, good movie.

Jason Duron
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