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Release Date: March 12th, 1971

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 1998

G|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
Chilling tale about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in Arizona. A group of top scientists are hurriedly assembled in a bid to identify and contain the lethal stowaway. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

Cast: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly, Ramon Bieri, George Mitchell, Kermit Murdock

Director: Robert Wise

Genres: Thriller, Science fiction

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact. show more

  • The Andromeda Strain is a splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal. show more

  • Robert Wise's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel about a deadly space pathogen trades in the genre's cosmic pulp and head-trippiness for a procedural-like seriousness. Germaphobes, proceed with extreme caution. show more

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