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The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
Actors: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
Director: Robert Wise
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
G     2003     2hr 11min

SCIENTISTS RUSH TO ISOLATE AN ALIEN GERM BROUGHT BACK BY A SPACE PROBE.FROM THE MICHAEL CRICHTON NOVEL.

     

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Actors: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
Director: Robert Wise
Creators: Richard H. Kline, Robert Wise, John W. Holmes, Stuart Gilmore, Michael Crichton, Nelson Gidding
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2003
Original Release Date: 03/12/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 03/12/1971
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 11min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Rita B. from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 8/17/2009...
This is my favorite of Michael Crichton's novels and the one that has best translated to film. The suspense is palpable- I found myself clenching my armrest or chewing my fingernails, even after viewing this film several times. The actors are superb- it's gratifying seeing talent and substance win out over GQ looks. This film is not another glamorized hollywood over-budget bore fest. It's a genuinely thrilling and well-acted film. Huge thumbs up.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN
Reviewed on 7/30/2008...
In my opinion this is much, much better than the recent 2 disc remake which I found boring. On the other hand I've watched this version about ten times. Unless you have a problem with watching old movies, this is the version of Andromeda Strain you should go with.
4 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Stands the Test of Time
givbatam3 | REHOVOT Israel | 10/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Andromeda Strain" is one of my favorite movies because it stands the test of time. Although made in the early 1970's, the technology shown,
including the computers still looks up-to-date, with the main difference being that today, the graphical displays of the data would be much more colorful. However, the techniques used to analyze the "Andromeda" organism would be the same ones used today. Of course, much of the suspense of the movie is created by a stuck sliver of paper, and that would not occur today, but 99% of what is shown (including the threat to mankind for terrestrial biological warfare or extra-terrestrial organisms) is still very relevant. In fact, the society in which the film takes place is more "future-oriented" than our current one because reference is made to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston which processed the samples returned from the Moon by the Apollo astronauts, and which has since been idled by the loss of the spirit of exploration in our current society, so the makers of the film were able to do more futuristic thinking and make a story and laboratory that looks contemporary even decades later. Finally, the actors, led by Arthur Hill (one of my favorites) are all "cool, intellectual" types, and although there are differences of opinion between them, they all submerge their egos to get their vital work done. It is sad that films of this type are not made any more. Get it and see what I mean!"
A Thrilling Sci-Fi Suspense from Michael Crichton
M. Hart | USA | 03/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Andromeda Strain" was the first of many films produced from novels written by the author Michael Crichton, whose novels-turned-film include "Westworld" (1973), "Coma" (1978), "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Twister" (1996). Filmed in 1971, "The Andromeda Strain" may seem dated to some, but sci-fi aficionados have long enjoyed the film for its suspense and questions that it raised that may be more valid today than they were three decades ago.The story begins in a small, isolated town in the desert where a satellite that re-entered earth's atmosphere crashed. Shortly after the crash, most of the town's residents mysteriously die. The government calls in four scientists to determine what killed the townsfolk. The scientists are Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Dr. Charles Dutton (David Wayne, known for his portrayal of inspector Ellery Queen in 1975 TV series of the same name), Dr. Mark Hall (James Olsen) and Dr. Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid, known also for her role in the 1977 film "Equus"). They are taken to a top-secret government facility code-named Wildfire, an underground laboratory, to search for the cause of death and why two townspeople remained unaffected. Their quest leads to a very exciting discovery, but also several grave questions.Special effects used in "The Andromeda Strain" were very good for the early 1970's. The design of the Wildfire facility, which earned "The Andromeda Strain" an Oscar nomination for Best Set Decoration, is somewhat reminiscent of interior designs used in "2001: A Space Odyssey". Director Robert Wise (who also directed "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (1951), "West Side Story" (1961) and "The Sound of Music" in 1965) did a brilliant job escalating the suspense and fear throughout the film. The film also received an Oscar nomination for Best Editing. Other notable characters include Nurse Karen Anson (Paula Kelly, who also starred in "Sweet Charity" in 1969 and "Soylent Green" in 1973) and Peter 'Gramps' Jackson (George Mitchell).Overall, I rate "The Andromeda Strain" with 4.5 stars out of 5, rounded up to 5 stars. If you choose not to purchase the film, you might want to consider renting it so that you can see it at least once."
A true suspense film.
M. A. Ramos | Florida USA | 11/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is of a microbiological Armageddon which unfolds with such perfectly metered suspense that no matter how many times you watch it, you find yourself riveted to your couch. Not wanting to miss even a minute, even though you already know.Even though this movie is over 2 decades old, and the computer equipment at the Wildfire laboratory shows its age, this is a perfect change-of-pace film for any movie monster fan. Instead of the usual radioactive mutated towering apparition that flattens cities and topples skyscrapers, the monster in "The Andromeda Strain" is so tiny, it takes powerful electron microscopes to see it. Though tiny in size, Andromeda has the potential to wreak more havoc than your typical Godzilla. The average movie monster can only cause damage wherever he can stomp, smash or exhale a blast of fiery breath. Andromeda has the potential to be carried to every corner of the world by the winds, where it could conceivably wipe out all life. Try to top THAT, Godzilla! Even worse, it seems to feed on nuclear radiation.The real star of the film is Wildfire itself. A government facility located safely away from populated areas, it bristles with everything a microbiologist needs to avert a biological disaster. . .or does it?Seeking an unprecedented realism, director Robert Wise insisted that everything on the set be real, from the computer terminals to the electron microscopes. The Wildfire set is every microbiologist's dream come true."