The Andromeda Strain
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The "Andromeda Strain" is a deadly extraterrestrial virus. It is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an "insulated" drunkard. Recruited from labs all over North America, doctors Charles Dutton (David Wayne), Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), and Mark Hall (James Olson) don radiation suits and race against time to isolate and destroy the virus. The film is based on a novel by Michael Crichton.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Nothing very exciting goes on."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A great book, but a mind-boggling boring movie."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Uma ficção-científica inteligente, para adultos, que usa a "ficção" como trampolim para sua fascinante "ciência". E a direção de arte é um espetáculo à parte, mesmo que datada."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Director Wise takes few liberties with Michael Crichton's breakthrough best-seller and the film is all the stronger for it."
‑ , Film4
"Studied, fascinating, tense sci-fi classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Wise does rather plod through the plot."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Robert Wise's version of Chrihton's popular novel is a decent (but no more) film, with some good art design."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An intriguing, suspenseful story is somewhat hampered by a dull cast. The last sequence will have you on the edge of your seat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding focus on the details and the science of the story, giving it a natural suspense that nearly holds up for the entire 131 minutes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The paranoid thriller unfolds at a tedious pace and seems to take forever to develop."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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