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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 3 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?

At the plane crash site, the actor who was supposed to call out, "Major Mancheck," fell out of his trailer and broke his leg. He was replaced on the spot with Robert 'Bob' Olen, who did the lines but was never credited for it.See more »
Miscellaneous: The Air Force team investigating the jet fighter crash is told several times to keep their eyes out for pieces of rubber. This announcement is made while several men are searching next to a completely intact landing gear tire.See more »
Dr. Jeremy Stone:According to this, there'll be a super-colony of Andromeda over the entire southwest in...
Dr. Charles Dutton:Jeremy! These are biological *warfare* maps!
Dr. Jeremy Stone:Why, yes... so they are... uh... but... simulations, Charlie. Defensive... it's just a scenario.
Dr. Ruth Leavitt:That's not the POINT, for God's sake! Wildfire was built for germ warfare! Wildfire AND Scoop! And you knew, Stone! YOU KNEW IT!
Dr. Jeremy Stone:That's not true, Ruth! I learned about Scoop the same time you did!
Dr. Charles Dutton:They already have Andromeda programmed! The purpose of Scoop was to find new biological weapons in outer space, and then use Wildfire to develop them!
Dr. Ruth Leavitt:It STINKS, Stone!
Dr. Jeremy Stone:You're blowing your tops! We have no proof...
Dr. Charles Dutton:The MAP!
Dr. Jeremy Stone:DON'T BE AN ASS! That map only shows what Andromeda *could* do in the hands of an enemy!
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49 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Love this film, 28 September 2004
Author: mentalist from London, England

I really love this film, and its funny because most people Complain about its slow pace, but I believe that this is one of the reasons that the film is so good, and pace does build up towards the end.

I understand that this film isn't for everybody, but I am a Michael Crichton fan, and I enjoy the way he introduces his sci-fi characters into his novels.

I agree with other user comments that this film was way before its time, and disagree with others who don't seem to be able to differentiate between the music and the sounds in the film.

The film has so many qualities, and is a must see for any sci-fi fan.


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