Outbreak

Outbreak

Wolfgang Petersen (1995)

122min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this exciting eco-thriller, Dustin Hoffman plays an army medic who's trying to save the world from a lethal virus imported into America from Africa. You could read this as an Aids allegory, but it also works well as a regular against-the-clock jeopardy thriller with conspiracy cover-up overtones. Director Wolfgang Petersen marshals the effects superbly and there's terrific support from the likes of Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and a particularly nasty Donald Sutherland. If Hoffman lacks the requisite heroic quality needed for the lead, you certainly feel you could put your trust in him.

Summary

An expert in infectious diseases races against time to find a cure for a rapidly fatal airborne virus which is wiping out the population of a small town, and is threatening to turn into a pandemic. However, his task is hampered by senior military men, who are bent on burning down the town and incinerating the virus with it, regardless of any casualties. Thriller, with Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Col Sam Daniels Dustin Hoffman
Dr Roberta Keough Rene Russo
Gen Billy Ford Morgan Freeman
Maj Casey Schuler Kevin Spacey
Gen Donald McClintock Donald Sutherland
Maj Salt Cuba Gooding Jr
Jimbo Scott Patrick Dempsey
Dr Benjamin Iwabi Zakes Mokae
Dr Raswani Malick Bowens
Director Wolfgang Petersen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Violence, edited for some of its language.Available on: video and DVD
Drama