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The Andromeda Strain

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Robert Wise

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Plot Summary

Directed with clinical precision by Academy Award® winner Robert Wise, this compelling account of the earth’s first biological crisis is perhaps the most chillingly realistic science fiction thriller ever made. After an errant satellite crashes to Earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that almost everyone in the town are victims of a horrible death, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man. The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art laboratory descending five stories beneath the ground where the puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly microbe before it wreaks worldwide havoc. A trailblazer in the areas of special effects and inventive sets, The Andromeda Strain is based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel that created national paranoia for its topical relevance to the first moon landing.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Nothing very exciting goes on. – Roger Greenspun, New York Times, Nov 5, 2008

Fresh: 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, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact. – Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Director Wise takes few liberties with Michael Crichton's breakthrough best-seller and the film is all the stronger for it. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Andromeda Strain

Pay no attention to naysayers. For a movie of its time, this is truly a classic. The story keeps your interest throughout, and was ahead of its time in identifying the possibility of life on orbiting meteors. Enjoy...

Put Michael Crichton on the map, one of my favorites..

While it is a dated movie that clearly suffers in its look and feel, the story is superb and its Michael Crichton at his best, one of my favorite movies. It is for true science fiction fans that appreciate the classics movies that launched the genre.

Ahead of it's time

Extreemly forward looking for the 70's on a possibility which could still occur someday as we travel beyond our solar system. Classic Sci-Fi at it's best.

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