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Michael Crichton (novel)
Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Rated G...But May Be Too INTENSE For Younger Children See more »
A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arthur Hill ... Dr. Jeremy Stone

David Wayne ... Dr. Charles Dutton

James Olson ... Dr. Mark Hall

Kate Reid ... Dr. Ruth Leavitt

Paula Kelly ... Karen Anson

George Mitchell ... Jackson

Ramon Bieri ... Major Manchek
Kermit Murdock ... Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien ... Grimes

Peter Hobbs ... General Sparks

Eric Christmas ... Senator from Vermont
Mark Jenkins ... Lt. Shawn (Piedmont team)
Peter Helm ... Sgt. Crane (Piedmont team)
Joe Di Reda ... Wildfire Computer Sgt. Burk (as Joe DiReda)
Carl Reindel ... Lt. Comroe

Ken Swofford ... Toby (technician)
Frances Reid ... Clara Dutton

Richard Bull ... Air Force Major
John Carter ... MP Capt. Morton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Ballantyne ... Hospital Director (uncredited)
Ivor Barry ... Murray (uncredited)
Joe Billings ... Scientist (uncredited)
Patty Bodeen ... Girl (uncredited)
Michael Bow ... MP at Stone's (uncredited)

Walter Brooke ... Assistant to Cabinet Secretary (uncredited)

Susan Brown ... Allison Stone (uncredited)
Jan Burrell ... Mother - Piedmont (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Technician (uncredited)
Duke Cigrang ... Father - Piedmont (uncredited)
Rhodie Cogan ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Michael Crichton ... Bearded Surgeon (uncredited)
Lisa Daniels ... Woman (uncredited)

Sandra de Bruin ... Technician (uncredited)
Bill Dunbar ... Vandenberg AFB Sergeant (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ... (uncredited)

Walker Edmiston ... Voice (uncredited) (voice)
Sandra Ego ... Girl (uncredited)
Don Ellis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Judy Farrell ... Pam (uncredited)

Lance Fuller ... Man (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... Dempsey - Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Sheila Jo Guthrie ... Girl - Piedmont (uncredited)
Ray Harris ... Scientist (uncredited)

Robert L. Hughes ... Air Force Technician (uncredited)
Jason Johnson ... Dr. Benedict (uncredited)
Bart La Rue ... Medic Captain (uncredited)
Jamie Lamb ... Boy - Piedmont (uncredited)

Glenn Langan ... Cabinet Secretary (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Boy (uncredited)
Theodore Lehmann ... Scientist (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Stetson (uncredited)

David McLean ... Sen. McKenzie (New Mexico) (uncredited)
Cliff Medaugh ... Civilian (uncredited)
Don Messick ... Alarm Voice (uncredited)

Victoria Paige Meyerink ... (uncredited)
Midori ... Bess - Lab Technician (uncredited)
Carl B. Morrison ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Olen ... Soldier (uncredited)
Francisco Ortega ... Gateman at Agricultural Center (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Pete 'Old Doughboy' Arnold (uncredited)

Michael Pataki ... Operator of 'The Hands' (uncredited)
Alma Platt ... Woman (uncredited)

Quinn K. Redeker ... Capt. Morris (uncredited)
Clark Savage ... M.P. Sergeant (uncredited)
Georgia Schmidt ... Old Lady - Piedmont (uncredited)
Reuben Singer ... Dr. Rudolph Karp (uncredited)
Robert Soto ... Manuel Rios - Baby (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Man (uncredited)
Joan Swift ... Decontamination Receptionist (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Woman (uncredited)
Garry Walberg ... Technician (uncredited)

Len Wayland ... Utah Crash Site Officer (uncredited)
Gary Waynesmith ... Air Force Technician (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Civilian (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (novel)

Nelson Gidding (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Wise .... producer
Original Music by
Gil Melle  (as Gil Mellé)
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
John W. Holmes 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
Art Direction by
William H. Tuntke  (as William Tuntke)
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt (set decorations) (as Ruby Levitt)
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Richard Blair .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Carol Scarlatti .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Walter Dominguez .... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
James Fargo .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator (as Thomas Wright)
Frank Barbero .... third assistant props (uncredited)
Jack Hamilton .... second assistant props (uncredited)
Ed Keyes .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as James Alexander)
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Jack Danskin .... mikeman (uncredited)
William Griffith .... recordist (uncredited)
Joseph Kite .... cableman (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Whitey McMahon .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jamie Shourt .... special photographic effects (as James Shourt)
Douglas Trumbull .... special photographic effects
Albert Whitlock .... matte supervisor
John Whitney Sr. .... early video effects for film (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Larry Barbier .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Benson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Everett Lehman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Joseph Praskins .... best boy (uncredited)
Karl Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith .... second grip (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Ellsworth .... costumer: men (uncredited)
George Harrington .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Grace Kuhn .... costumer: ladies (uncredited)
Music Department
Gordon Clark .... music engineering
Allan Sohl .... music engineering
Gil Melle .... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Brian Moffatt .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Dave Parlato .... musician: bass (uncredited)
J. Peter Robinson .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Gretel Shanley .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sol Goldberg .... driver captain (uncredited)
Other crew
W.M. Blackmore .... animal sequences filmed under supervision of: The American Humane Assn. (as W.M. Blackmore D.V.M.)
Attila De Lado .... titles & opticals: Universal Title (as Attila de Lado)
Richard Green .... technical advisor (as Dr. Richard Green)
George Hobby .... technical advisor
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
William Koselka .... technical advisor
Harold Mendelsohn .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Andromeda - Tödlicher Staub aus dem All" - Germany (imdb display title), West Germany
"La amenaza de Andrómeda" - Argentina, Spain (imdb display title)
"Ανδρομέδα, αποστολή άκρως απόρρητος" - Greece
"Штамм Андромеда" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Щамът Андромеда" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"A Ameaça de Andrómeda" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Andoromeda..." - Japan (imdb display title)
"Andromeda" - Italy
"Andromeda uhkaa" - Finland (video box title)
"Andromeda znaczy smierc" - Poland
"Andromeda, apostoli akros aporritos" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Andromeda-truselen" - Norway
"Apeili apo to diastima" - Greece (TV title)
"Az Androméda-törzs" - Hungary
"Hotet" - Sweden
"Le mystère Andromède" - France
"O Enigma de Andrômeda" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Truslen fra det ukendte" - Denmark
"Uzay Mikrobu" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Virus Andromeda" - Serbia (imdb display title)
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131 min | Belgium:115 min (video version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2003) | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:12 | Norway:12 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: contains additional material) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:G (Approved No. 22737) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Four actors would later go on to star in the hit tv series Little House On The Prairie. Arthur Hill would guest star as Lansford Ingalls (Charles Ingalls father). James Olson would guest star as a charismatic faith healer and Ramon Bieri (Major Manchek) appeared in the first ever episode as a ruthless local businessman. Richard Bull who had a smaller role as "Air Force Major" would take on the regular role of Nels Olsen, the owner of the Mercantile and star in the show for its entire nine-year run.See more »
Boom mic visible: Boom mic reflection on level 1 red wall in conference room behind self destruct mechanism key insert. A minute later, boom shadow on wall behind actors as they discuss the odd man out theory. (:45 minutes in)See more »
[Hall and Stone are sealed off in a section of the lab with an unfinished sub-station for locking out the self-destruct device, which has been activated and is counting down]
Dr. Jeremy Stone:The defense system is perfect, Mark. It'll even bury our mistakes!
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36 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Great hardcore sci-fi. Crichton's best, 3 July 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

The 1970s were a time before some of the "intelligentsia" of American culture began to abandon rationality and reject science on pseudo-ethical grounds. Unsurprisingly, then, 1970s sci-fi is often better informed by science than the sci-fi of later decades, and it is also often more thoughtful and intelligently written. The Andromeda Strain is one of the best hardcore sci fi epics from a decade which brought us such genre classics as 2001, Solyaris, Silent Running, and the original Rollerball. Unlike most of these films, however, Andromeda Strain does not strain believability beyond its bounds, nor does it indulge in metaphysical tangentializing or philosophical moralizing.

Developed from what I consider to be Michael Crichton's best book, the Andromeda Strain takes its cue directly from the hard realism of that book, along with its documentary style and scientific background research. Though aspects of the plot defy biological probability, if not law, almost the entire film is plausible. Also borrowed from Crichton's writing is the general point the film attempts to make - one which is present in nearly all of Crichton's work - that along with technological advance comes risk. Fortunately, however, this story does not reach the near-paranoid levels of technophobia which sometimes appear in later works.

A great ensemble cast full of not easily recognized character actors represent a team of scientists called together to contain and manage a deadly virus-like organism which has arrived on a crashed space research probe. The virus has already wiped out an entire town, and now the scientists must work at a breakneck, sleepless, pace to determine what the organism is, how it spreads and grows, and how it can be killed or contained. Their only major clues, it seems, are an old man and a baby who survived the initial outbreak. To avoid spoilers, I will avoid any further details regarding the plot.

The only aspect of the film which really seems dated is the strange electronic soundtrack, which, at times, seems more derivative of 1950s sci-fi than more modern stuff. Suffice to say that this is one of the best uses of the 'as-it-happens' documentary film-making style. The entire film is delivered in a very refreshingly straightforward manner, with believable dialog, actors that look like real people, and a pace that builds constantly from start to finish.

Highly recommended.

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