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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

aka The Andromeda Strain

"The picture runs 130 minutes!... The story covers 96 of the most critical hours in man's history!... The suspense will last through your lifetime!"

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Details: 131 mins · English · G (USA)


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One of the best Novel Adaptations I've seen

A great movie, a great book, combined into an amazing combination. I highly recommend watching it.

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Pretty excruciatingly boring

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No_movie_poster Dr. Jeremy Stone
Small Dr. Charles Dutton
No_movie_poster Dr. Mark Hall
Small Dr. Ruth Leavitt
No_movie_poster Major Manchek
No_movie_poster General Sparks
No_movie_poster Lt. Comroe
Small Senator from Vermont
Small Karen Anson
No_movie_poster Jackson
No_movie_poster Grimes


Small Robert Wise Director
No_movie_poster Richard H. Kline Director of Photography
Small Michael Crichton Novel
No_movie_poster John W. Holmes Editor
No_movie_poster Nelson Gidding Screenplay
No_movie_poster Stuart Gilmore Editor
No_movie_poster Gil Melle Original Music Composer
Small Robert Wise Production
Small Michael Crichton Story Contributor


"The picture runs 130 minutes!... The story covers 96 of the most critical hours in man's history!... The suspense will last through your lifetime!"


After a US government satellite crashes near the town of Piedmont, New Mexico, all of the town's inhabitants quickly die. There are only two survivors — a sixty-two-year-old man and a six-month-old infant. Suspecting that the satellite brought back an alien germ, the military activates an elite scientific team it had previously assembled for just this type of emergency. The team takes the satellite and the survivors to a secret underground laboratory in the Nevada desert, known as the Wildfire Complex. The new life form is assigned the code name Andromeda. While most of the team studies the organism in an attempt to figure out how it works, the team's doctor tries to find a cure by figuring out why the old man and the baby survived. Just as he comes up with the answer, however, Andromeda mutates into a form that degrades synthetic rubber and plastics and thus escapes containment. This triggers an automatic self-destruct mechanism designed to set off a nuclear explosion beneath the complex, intended to incinerate all germs before they can reach the surface. However, the team members studying Andromeda have learned that the alien microbes, having evolved in the harsh environment of outer space, would thrive on the energy of a nuclear explosion and would consequently be able to mutate into a supercolony of an untold number of forms. Having been entrusted with the only key that can shut down the self-destruct sequence before the five-minute countdown is up, the doctor races against the clock and the lab's automated defenses to reach a substation before it's too late.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1971-03-12 : United States of America

DVD : 2003-04-01