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Year
1971
Runtime
131 min.
Director
Robert Wise
Genres
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
15,605
Checks
4,278
Favs
230
Dislikes
31
Favs/checks
5.4% (1:19)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. TheMajor's avatar

    TheMajor

    Very good sci-fi. 12 years 5 months ago
  2. Hunziker's avatar

    Hunziker

    spoiler 8 years 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I love a good procedural, so why do I never speak of The Andromeda Strain in the same reverent tones I do other downbeat SF films of the 70s? I think part of it must be that what I like about procedurals is the window into a microverse where I don't understand everything the experts say, but it sounds true. I'm enraptured for however many hours in a world that is not my own, but is nevertheless satisfying. Andromeda, about a space virus that threatens humanity lest this one group of scientists figure out how to stop it has lots of tension and a few shocking moments (the dead town, whatever they did to that monkey with the Human Society apparently standing right there), but Michael Crichton isn't a writer I would go to for SCIENCE, so the whole enterprise comes off more as a dry Doctor Who plot (or by the look of it, Space: 1999) and progressively less interesting. Bob Wise may well propose that the film is derived from declassified documents, because it's often as dull as reading through those. I was ready to give it a better report though, at least until the anti-climactic ending, at which point I threw up my hands in surrender. 7 months 1 week ago
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  1. This movie ranks #48 in Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
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  2. This movie ranks #180 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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