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Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America (2006)

TV-14 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 9 May 2006
An outbreak of avian flu mutates into a virus that becomes transmittable from human to human.


Richard Pearce


Ron McGee

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joely Richardson ... Dr. Iris Varnack
Scott Cohen ... Governor Mike Newsome
Justina Machado ... Alma Ansen
Ann Cusack ... Denise Connelly
David Ramsey ... Curtis Ansen
John Atkinson John Atkinson ... Ed Connelly
Stacy Keach ... Collin Reed
Peter O'Brien ... Alan
Carolyn Dando Carolyn Dando ... Lauren Connelly
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Toby Connelly
Kate Butler ... Chief of Staff Jean Loos
Trevor Sai Louie ... Dr. Kwon
Latham Gaines ... Kostmart Manager
Jonny Pasvolsky ... Governor Newsome's Aide
Steve Bastoni ... FEMA Director McGarrett


A highly contagious, rapidly killing hemorrhagic mutation of bird flu slaughters people in Hongkong. Preventing its spread is virtually hopeless, as soon is proved in a US country village, which is strictly quarantined by the military. The White House prefers to 'prevent panic', even overrules zealous governor Mike Newsome and reneges earlier emergency plans. Written by KGF Vissers

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Plot Keywords:

panic | bird | virus | vomiting | vandalism | See All (43) »


It began with one man. It could be the end of mankind.


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New Zealand | USA



Release Date:

9 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

America în carantinã See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bird flu thriller fails to pack a punch
28 January 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Once again the disaster-movie format is given the TV movie treatment, this time in the form of a thriller about a deadly virus spreading across the world. Think OUTBREAK, except done on a low budget and without much skill.

The problem with Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America is the usual problem that television movies face: there's not one jot of originality to be found anywhere in the production. The whole look and feel of the movie is predictable, with tired actors saying their tired lines half-heartedly and with the minimum of effort. Disaster films should be all about the panic, but this one's frankly dull.

As usual, there's a certain frank appeal in seeing which actors are slumming it in which production, and this one features a couple. Stacy Keach manages to come away unscathed as he's in a relatively minor supporting role, but what happened to Joely Richardson? She must have been desperate to sign up for this.

Genre fans expecting the worst may find this mildly entertaining at times - there's a certain verve, inherited from E.R., to the medical scenes - but you'll need to be in a forgiving mood to really enjoy it.

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