The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

Robert Wise (1970)

AA Certificate


Our Score
Years before Jurassic Park, this super combination of hi-tech thrills and against-the-clock suspense was the first Michael Crichton novel to be adapted for the big screen. Robert Wise's near-documentary direction keeps tension mounting as desperate scientists race to isolate a fatal alien virus from a fallen satellite. More science fact than fiction, and still powerfully relevant, it's a remarkably faithful account of Crichton's biological invasion bestseller, layered with sophisticated special effects by Douglas Trumbull, who had helped Stanley Kubrick towards a special effects Oscar two years earlier for 2001: a Space Odyssey.


A satellite crashes near a remote desert town, releasing a lethal extraterrestrial virus and forcing a team of scientists to race against time to find a cure. Robert Wise's sci-fi thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel, starring Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson and Kate Reid.

Cast & Crew

Dr Jeremy Stone Arthur Hill
Dr Charles Dutton David Wayne
Dr Mark Hall James Olson
Dr Ruth Leavitt Kate Reid
Karen Anson Paula Kelly
Jackson George Mitchell
Major Mancheck Ramon Bieri
Dr Robertson Kermit Murdock
Grimes Richard O'Brien
General Sparks Peter Hobbs
Senator Eric Christmas
Director Robert Wise
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Universal PicturesAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray