over 4 years
Design, science and biology come together in this screechy 1971 high-tech drama.
over 5 years
An exciting disease thriller that stands the test of time.
over 5 years
There's something dodgy about the science but it's a lovely movie.
Excellent plot and great visuals, must have been inspired on Kubrick's work.
Fine. Nice setting. Good job of the art dept. Strong precursor of modern-bio-menace-films.
almost 7 years
The 1st Michael Crichton techno-thrller. Fast-paced who-dunnit to save the world.
Stands the test of time. The visuals are near Kubrick and the plot is tense and exciting.
The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science-fiction film, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton. The film is about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. Directed by Robert Wise, the film starred Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne. The film follows the book closely. The special effects were designed by Douglas Trumbull.
The cast of characters in the novel was modified for the film, most notably by changing the male Dr. Peter Leavitt in the novel into a woman, Dr. Ruth Leavitt. Screenwriter Nelson Gidding suggested the change to Wise, who at first was not enthusiastic, as he initially pictured the sex-changed Dr. Leavitt as a largely decorative character reminiscent of Raquel Welch's character in the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. When Gidding explained his take on Leavitt, Wise resolved the question in an appropriately scientific way by asking the opinion of a...