Outbreak

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Overview

A handful of scientists struggle to prevent the destruction of a small town -- and possibly the entire country -- in this suspense drama. In the mid-1960s, a deadly virus is discovered in Zaire that wipes out an entire village in 24 hours. Government researchers are brought in to investigate, but the military opts to destroy the village rather than risk further infection. Thirty years later, Sam Daniels Dustin Hoffman, an expert on contagious diseases, is called in when the virus re-emerges in Africa. A monkey ...
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Overview

A handful of scientists struggle to prevent the destruction of a small town -- and possibly the entire country -- in this suspense drama. In the mid-1960s, a deadly virus is discovered in Zaire that wipes out an entire village in 24 hours. Government researchers are brought in to investigate, but the military opts to destroy the village rather than risk further infection. Thirty years later, Sam Daniels Dustin Hoffman, an expert on contagious diseases, is called in when the virus re-emerges in Africa. A monkey carrying the bug is smuggled into the U.S., and a suburban California town soon begins to succumb to the illness. Sam scrambles to find an antidote with the help of his ex-wife Robby Rene Russo, a Center for Disease Control researcher, and their colleague Casey Kevin Spacey, while Gen. McClintock Donald Sutherland has his own reasons for wanting to use bombs to contain the epidemic, and Army surgeon Gen. Ford Morgan Freeman is caught in the middle. Outbreak was produced in the hopes of beating the film version of Richard Preston's bestseller The Hot Zone about a real-life epidemic into theaters; script problems shelved The Hot Zone, and Outbreak had the infectious disease market to itself.
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Editorial Reviews

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Morgan Freeman isn't the star of Outbreak, but his performance, and the legerdemain of director Wolfgang Petersen, make this noteworthy as a character study and a suspense thriller. Petersen, the director of Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, and The Perfect Storm, is an old hand at mixing characterization and action. What is pleasantly surprising about Petersen's direction (and the script by Robert Roy Poole) is how smoothly both manage a shift from a gripping, almost documentary depiction of the horrors of a biological weapon run amuck to a suspenseful, action movie-ish finish. Petersen -- through stars Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Kevin Spacey -- shows the terrible anguish that this plague can wreak on a small California town. For more than an hour, Petersen illuminates the terrible choices the scientists and politicians face as the plague spreads. These sequences are capped by a powerful cameo from an uncredited J.T. Walsh as a furious and highly scrupulous White House chief of staff who forces the people deciding to firebomb the town to look at pictures of the people they will be killing. The action portion of the movie is more melodramatic, and perhaps less successful (Hoffman's banter with Gooding seems forced), but comes as a relief after the gloom of the first hour. As the general who helped launch the weapon and must contain it, Freeman shows the dilemma of a good man caught in a nightmarish web of events.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • UPC: 883929031993
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,729

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Sam Daniels
Rene Russo Robby Keough
Morgan Freeman Gen. Billy Ford
Kevin Spacey Casey Schuler
Cuba Gooding Jr. Maj. Salt
Donald Sutherland Gen. Donald McClintock
Joe Don Baker
Patrick Dempsey Jimbo Scott
Zakes Mokae Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
Malick Bowens Dr. Raswani
Susan Lee Hoffman Dr. Lisa Aronson
Bruce Jarchow Dr. Mascelli
Daniel Chodes Rudy Alvarez
Michelle Joyner Sherry Mauldin
Tim Ransom Tommy Hull
Michael Sottile Gunner Pilot
Ed Beechner Gunner
Mathew Saks Sergeant Wolf
Diana Bellamy Mrs Pananides
Lance Kerwin American Mercenary
Bill Stevenson Biotest Guard
Kellie Overbey Alice
Dana Anderson Corinne
Patricia Place Mrs Foote
Brian Reddy Tracy's Father
J.J. Chaback Nurse Jane
Jack Rader Police Chief Fowler
Robert Alan Beuth George Armistead
Gordon Michaels Man in LIne
Peter Looney White House Counsel
Conrad Bachmann California Governor
Cynthia Harrison Co-anchor
Julie Araskog Janet Adams
George Christy Senator
Mark Brown Officer
Jim Antonio Dr. Drew Reynolds
Dale Dye Colonel Briggs
Joseph Latimore Viper Two Co-Pilot
Leland Hayward III Henry Seward
Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director, Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Brown Co-producer
Michael E. Burke Special Effects
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Laurence Dworet Screenwriter
John Frazier Special Effects
Stella Furner Set Decoration/Design
Nana Greenwald Co-producer
Duncan Henderson Executive Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
William Hoy Editor
Dennis E. Jones Production Manager
Gail Katz Producer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Anne Kopelson Executive Producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Richard Lightstone Musical Direction/Supervision
David Nowell Cinematographer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Patton Art Director
Frank Pezza Art Director
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Roy Pool Screenwriter
Thomas Reta Set Decoration/Design
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
William Sandell Production Designer
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Neil Travis Editor
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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like Sci-Fi this is a Must-See!!

    There is an extremely dangerous airborne virus killing the population of a small California town. While the army is trying to isolate the town, an army doctor, played by Dustin Hoffman, and his crew including Rene Russo, and Cuba Gooding Jr., are searching for a cure. They will eventually discover that this virus is not unknown to some people in the military. The bad thing is that these people holding a powerful position in the military, including roles played by Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland, would prefer to wipe out the town rather than to help find out how this plague has entered the country. A monkey that is carrying the virus was captured for research in Africa and taken to the United States, which is the way the virus came into this country. The reason the virus spread so quickly is because one of the employees stole the monkey to sell to a pet store and set him free. This enabled him, the monkey, to run rampant coming in contact with several people who then came in contact with others causing an epidemic. Outbreak is a sci-fi action thriller movie that came out in the year 1995 directed by Wolfgang Peterson. This movie was suspenseful with a little bit of everything. The movie is rated R for language because it has occasional profanity. It has a mix of action, humor & horror. After watching the movie, it really makes you think about this actually happening because it is possible. You realize how things easily take a turn for the worst because of one person not knowing the consequences of their actions. Overall it’s a good movie, I’d give it a 9 on a scale from 1-10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Thriller

    Outbreak focuses on a deadly Virus, which is transported into the U.S. by a monkey from the jungles of Zaire, Africa. When this deadly disease spreads in a California town, a group of scientists realize that it could spread through the rest of the United States in a matter of days. But as the military quarantine becomes tighter and tighter, the head scientist begins to suspect that something else is going on, and that he himself might be in danger for knowing it. I myself found this movie very interesting. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Other movies that have been seen that are similar and interesting like this one are The Plague Fighters, and Killer Disease On Campus-meningitis. Outbreak was a movie that caught a lot of attention by a lot of people. I would rate this movie a 9 out of 10!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Outbreak

    The movie I am reviewing is called "The Outbreak". This movie was made in 1995, and my rating for it is a perfect ten. I recommend this movie to viewers who like adrenaline, and also love science. The main actors in this movie are Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Dustin Hoffman, and Kevin Spacey. The Director of this movie is Wolfgang Peterson. This movie is sort of a science fiction movie, but it relates to many things in today's world. Things like AIDS, STDs, Polio, and other diseases that can be easily spread to unknown victims. This movie is based on a killer virus that has taken over a California community, and an army virologist (Dustin Hoffman) who strives to battle those who think that the only way to stop the disease is to firebomb the whole town. The virus was spread by a monkey who drank the diseased water and was brought to the small town, and one thing led to another and the disease seemed to spread in a blink of an eye. In my opinion, this movie can teach you many aspects of science. For instance, how vaccines work, diseases spread, how a disease and microbes becomes airborne, and many other new things that our minds tend to ignore. Also, one could learn how the army troops are not only used for war, but also for many other things in our society that we wouldn't even think of, such as protecting us from the ravages of viruses and bacteria.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie, but bad science

    This is a great suspense movie, but if you're looking for something with accurate science, it's not for you. It's hard to correct the science without giving away anything, but developing drugs takes years of research, and the only known cures are for bacteria...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This is the best movie I've ever seen. The science facts are dead-on and the way they handled the situation was accurate as well. The only problem I had was the ending. It was too Hollywood.

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