In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town in New Mexico and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors . As the military quarantines the area , a team of highly specialized scientists is assembled to find a cure to the pathogen code-named "Andromeda," . The team of scientists formed by Arthur Hill : Dr. Jeremy Stone , David Wayne : Dr. Charles Dutton , James Olson : Dr. Mark Hall and Kate Reid : Dr. Ruth Leavitt , all of them are assembled in a high-tech, underground facility to identify and defeat the "enemy" before it is too late. As the threat must be identified in time to save the population from extermination .
Based on Michael Chricton classic novel , providing thrills and chills with no much sense and slow-moving due to a excessive scientific data .
This is based on Michael Chricton novel , compellingly adapted by Robert Wise with a good cast , such as Arthur Hill, James Olsen , Paula Kelly , David Wayne , Kate Reid . It deals with a strange satellite falling back to earth carrying a deadly bacteria , as a crack team experiences strong difficulties as it becomes clear that the satellite has performed its intended function all too well, and has brought back something from space . This Sci-Fi yarn hits hard in the creepy beginning when an U.S. Army satellite falls to earth near Piedmont and population being destroyed , and in the hair-raising climax , as an extremely exciting ending , in fact , it is worthy of a typical action/thriller movie . However , the tension and suspense inherent in the bestselling Chricton novel is talked down by excessive changes from original book and a decent but unknown cast , without popular stars . After a splendidly traditional opening set piece , the message about the risks of scientific research starts to loom ponderously large with banks of super-computers dedicated to investigation as well as inclusion some weird elements and fantastic bacteria or bacillus . As you'll perch on the very edge of the armchair when protagonists fight against time assailed by the Andrómeda Strain and to disarm the self-destruct device before it can trigger itself off . Acceptable support cast such as Paula Kelly , Eric Christmas , George Mitchell , Ramon Bieri , Lance Fuller , Peter Hobbs , Richard Bull , and Crichton makes a cameo appearance in a non-speaking role
Impressive production design , in fact , the Wildfire scientific lab sets were described at the time as "one of the most elaborately detailed interiors ever built" . Weird but adequate Musical score from Gil Melle is highly commendable. Colorful cinematography in Technicolor and Panavision by Richard H Kline . Filmed in 1970, not released until 1971. Being filmed on location in Shafter, Texas, Red Rock Canyon State Park California , Alamogordo, New Mexico and Universal Studios . It was a moderate box office success. Produced on a relatively high budget of $6.5 million, the film grossed $12,376,563 in North America . Financed and released by Universal and well directed by Robert Wise who never lets the action sag .Wise was a good director who made films in all kinds of genres , nowadays , some of them considered classic movies , such as : Musical : West side story , The sound of music ; SciFi: The day the Earth stood , Andromeda strain , Star Trek the motion picture ; Terror : The haunting , The body snatchers, , Audrey Rose , Curse of cat people ; Wartime : Run silent Run deep , The Desert Rats ; Historical : Helen of Troy ; Western : Tribute to a bad man ; Drama : I want to live , The Set-up , among others
Followed by an inferior TV remake, a fair-to-middling rendition , as an eponymous miniseries executive-produced by Ridley and Tony Scott and Frank Darabont, and directed by Michael Salomon . It was originally exhibited as a two-part miniseries , but has also been edited into 4 different parts intended for airing as hour long episodes with commercials . Featuring Benjamin Bratt as Dr. Jeremy Stone , Christa Miller as Dr. Angela Noyce , Daniel Dae Kim as Dr. TsiChou , Viola Davis as Dr. Charlene Barton , Other characters' names and personalities were radically changed from the novel, including making one scientist, played by Ricky Schrodes as Major Bill Keane , a homosexual.
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