The Andromeda Strain

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  • Clip: Escaping with infection

Movie Info & Cast


The Andromeda Strain is a deadly extraterrestrial virus. It is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an insulated drunkard. Recruited from labs all over North America, doctors Charles Dutton (David Wayne), Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), and Mark Hall (James Olson) don radiation suits and race against time to isolate and destroy the virus. The film is based on a novel by Michael Crichton.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Arthur Hill
  • David Wayne
  • James Olson
  • Kate Reid
  • Paula Kelly
  • George Mitchell
  • Ramon Bieri
  • Kermit Murdock
  • Richard O'Brien
  • Peter Hobbs

Did You Know?


  • Special effects to create the germ from space cost $250,000.
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  • When they first subject the lab animals to the virus, on the right hand side of the screen in the reflection of the metal walls you can see the crew rushing towards the monkey cage to revive him right before they cut back to the shot of the scientists.
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    • [code phrase]
    • Capt. Morton: There's a fire, sir.
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Robert Wise's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel about a deadly space pathogen trades in the genre's cosmic pulp and head-trippiness for a procedural-like seriousness. Germaphobes, proceed with extreme caution.

Metacritic review by David Fear
David Fear
Rolling Stone

The Andromeda Strain is a splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact.

Metacritic review by Ian Nathan
Ian Nathan