The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) Poster

A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.




  • Arthur Hill and James Olson in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • Larry Barbier and Robert Wise in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • James Olson and Robert Soto in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • Michael Crichton and Robert Wise in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • Robert Wise in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  • Michael Crichton and James Olson in The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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Robert Wise


Michael Crichton (novel), Nelson Gidding (screenplay)

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22 May 2004 | haggar
| A Sci-Fi with a capital "S".
I have always been attracted by science, since my early childhood. I remember seeing this movie and being fascinated by the science and technology on display in it. Today, as a MSC EE, I can see that the science in "Andromeda Strain" is accurate. In fact, it's the most accurate of all Sci-Fi movies I have ever seen (and I have seen the great majority of Sci-Fi cinema).

That's one reason I love this movie.

But there are other, probably subjective reasosn for my adulation of "Andromeda Strain": believable people and believable situations (no "last microsecond decision/action/occurance", no over-the-top behaviour, just human quirkyness, no one-man-does-it-all but teamwork and birth of ideas) and the avoidance of the cliche of only-1-will-survive. So, yes, I liked the script a lot.

I also thought the actors were good and the setting was brilliant. I am not put off by dated computer technology: the film clearly illustrates the computing capabilities at the beginning of the '70, and I find something educative and strangely reassuring in that.

I give it 10/10, and am sad that nobody produced a Sci-Fi as scientificly accurate ever since.

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