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Warning Sign (1985)

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A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural research facility finds herself and her co-worker Schmidt fighting to survive against their former friends.

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Hal Barwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... Cal Morse
Kathleen Quinlan ... Joanie Morse
Yaphet Kotto ... Major Connolly
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dr. Dan Fairchild (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Nielsen
G.W. Bailey ... Tom Schmidt
Jerry Hardin ... Vic Flint
Rick Rossovich ... Bob
Cynthia Carle Cynthia Carle ... Dana
Scott Paulin ... Captain Walston
Kavi Raz ... Dr. Ramesh Kapoor
Keith Szarabajka ... Tippett
Jack Thibeau ... Pisarczyk
J. Patrick McNamara ... Connolly's Aide
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Deputy Grazie
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Storyline

In an ultra secret laboratory for the developing of biological weapons, covered as "Biotek", a research center for agriculture, a serious accident occurs, spreading a sinister bacteria in the laboratory. The security guard of the complex, closes and seals the building, with all the personnel inside, making very difficult the struggle for survival, not to mention the actions that the relatives of the enclosed people are thinking to do. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Pray for the people trapped inside. Pray that they never get out See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contact mortel See more »

Filming Locations:

La Crescenta, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,918,117

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,918,117
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film should be much more highly regarded than it is. In essence, it is the scientifically relevant and somewhat accurate backstory to any "zombie film" since. Case in point is the discussion of the Borna virus, where infections spread rapidly through localized equine populations killing hundreds of those animals. The opportunity to gene-splice and weaponize the virus has been discussed in scientific papers which are easily found today since the advent of the internet. See more »

Goofs

When the guy is using the acetylene torch on the door he has a darkened plate on his visor to protect his eyes, but everyone else is watching without the protection and would damage their eyes by looking at the torch. See more »

Quotes

Cal Morse: They're not criminals, they made a mistake! We can sue 'em, you wanna? Civil law? Corporate negligence? Cold chicken?
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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Joanie Forced To Talk
Performed and composed by Craig Safan
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Good cast/bizarre movie
15 February 2002 | by drosse67See all my reviews

I recently saw a preview for Resident Evil, the latest sci-fi/gore opus from Event Horizon director Paul Anderson. (Not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson). It looks like a big budget, explosive version of Warning Sign, a strange little horror movie I remember watching in the '80s. The plot of the 1985 film involves a deadly serum leaking inside a bio-chemical plant in rural Utah. The plant is sealed off--no one can get in or get out. What happens inside is best described as Night of the Living Dead meets the Andromeda Strain. All in all, not a bad horror film, and the actors (Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan--both Oscar nominees, but alas, not for Warning Sign) manage to keep straight faces. The film has an "Alien" feel to it, and is quite stylish to boot. More than anything, the film has a good, somewhat believable premise for a horror story. But the execution is just so odd. Scientists becoming zombies or monsters has been done before, and the atmospheric first half of the movie is somewhat ruined by the over-the-top, borderline campy second half. We'll see soon enough whether Anderson's version of the idea is successful, although judging from the ads, I seriously doubt it.


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