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[[caption-width-right:350:This animal carries a deadly virus, and the greatest medical crisis in history is about to happen.]]

->''Try to remain calm.''

Imagine you are hunting a killer. The perpetrator is insidious, invisible, and deadly. It is smart and reactive. Its victims die in horrifying pain. There is no reasoning with it, no bargaining with it, and no way to stop it. The military wants to avoid a panic. The media questions the methods being used to stop it. [[TheReveal It is a billionth your size]].

'''''Outbreak''''' (1995) is a suspense {{film}} starring Creator/DustinHoffman, Rene Russo, and Creator/DonaldSutherland (among many others-Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/KevinSpacey, Cuba Gooding, Jr.) depicting a what-if scenario surrounding a deadly fictional African virus called Motaba, inspired by real-life Ebola outbreaks, and speculating on the measures taken by the military and the Center for Disease Control if such an outbreak occurred in the United States. The film was nominated for various awards but failed to garner any major award nominations. Notable in that it was set-up as a [[DuelingMovies counter-production]] to a film adaptation of the novel ''The Hot Zone'' that never materialized.

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!! ''Outbreak'' contains examples of:

* ArmiesAreEvil: Variation. The entire U.S. Army is not evil-but GeneralRipper [=McClintock=] ''definitely'' is.
* ChekhovsSkill: While going over Major Salt's personnel file, it's mentioned he's a trained helicopter pilot.
* CouldSayItBut / SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: General Ford tells Daniels and Salt exactly how to stop the bombing run at the end of the movie, under the guise of warning them of the dire consequences of doing so.
** [=McClintock=] immediately starts berating him for "slipping up" like that, then has a bit of a subdued OhCrap reaction when he realizes what he's up to.
* CryingWolf: Seems Daniels has a habit of calling for alerts of serious diseases which prove to not be an issue.
* TheDeadHaveNames: {{Invoked}} by the White House Chief of Staff, dropping a stack of photos onto a conference room table:
-->[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Those are the citizens of Cedar Creek, go ahead take a look at them]] - these are [[AMillionIsAStatistic not statistics]] ladies and gentlemen - they're flesh and blood! I want you to burn those images into your memories, [[WhatTheHellHero because they should haunt you until the day you die!]]
* DivorceIsTemporary
* TheDogBitesBack: From the moment General [=McClintock=] arrives in Cedar Creek, he treats Lt. Colonel Briggs like total crap. Just look at the grin on Briggs' face when [[spoiler: he gets to put [=McClintock=] under arrest at the end]].
* DramaticDrop: The mom to the little girl who has befriended a monkey she's named "Betsy" drops a plate of apple slices (complete with dramatic shattering of dishware) when she sees the announcement that the monkey is a carrier for the deadly Motaba virus.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Inverted. A [[MisplacedWildlife capuchin monkey]] captured in Africa for the pet trade turns out to carry Motaba, infecting the first human victims and causing the outbreak. Also played straight, though, as on the other hand she is adopted by a little girl (whose mother thinks it's an ImaginaryFriend), and turns out to have the needed antibodies for the virus that the CDC need to make a cure.
* FailsafeFailure: A lab technician is infected with ThePlague when he carelessly opens and reaches into a centrifuge while it's still spinning, breaking a vial of infected blood and cutting his hand. In RealLife, lids on centrifuges lock until the spinning has completely stopped; it's ''impossible'' to open one while it's still in motion, therefore, in order to open that, the lock would have had to have been broken.
** Later, one of the scientists gets infected when the oxygen line on his isolation suit gets stretched too far, causing the suit to rip open like it were made of tissue paper.
* FalseReassurance: In the opening, [=McClintock=] tells the African doctor that he'll arrange an airdrop of medical supplies for the mercenary camp. He also tells one of the mercenaries that he'll be brought home and will see his girl again. A few hours later, a plane does come by and drop a large container...it's just said container is actually a fuel-air bomb which then vaporizes the camp.
* GeneralRipper: [=McClintock=], whose go-to option for disease control can be summed up as "KillItWithFire". [[spoiler:This is because he wants Motaba as a biological weapon, which won't work if it can be cured by anyone else.]]
* InfantImmortality: Played with. When Jimbo is on his flight home, already sick with Motaba (which by now the audience knows is seriously deadly), a little boy in a cowboy outfit asks for his cookie. Jimbo, despite being quite ill, playfully tells him he can have it. But his mother stops him before he can touch the infected cookie.
** Completely inverted later in the movie, when it is mentioned two children died from the new strain of Motaba.
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: A fuel-air bomb is used to sterilize an infected camp in Africa, and another is nearly used to sterilize an American town. [[spoiler:They do in fact have the cure for the original Motaba strain, but jump to sterilization because it would make a very effective biological weapon.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: Daniels tears this excuse apart as he's trying to stop the town from being bombed.
* KillItWithFire: The government's response to a deadly viral outbreak.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Wisely navigated when demonstrating the impact on the town's populace. The soldiers begin rounding up infectees in the quarantined small town, and we get to see only one woman say a tearful goodbye to her family. We follow her for a few minutes while they take a blood sample during her initial medical exam. There is even a close up of the phial, labeled "Sample 612". In a later scene, we see a scientist examining blood slides:
-->'''Scientist:''' "Sample 607: Infected. 608: Infected. 609: Infected. ''*Frustrated sigh*'' They can't all be infected. 610... Infected. 611...Infected. 612... Damn! Still infected!"
** We're later treated to a shot of her in a body bag.
* MisplacedWildlife: A capuchin monkey is a ''New'' World Monkey, not native to Africa where Jimbo gets it from.
* NoFEMAResponse: The city is quarantined, and then the plan is to Fuel Air Bomb it to stop the infection from spreading.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Once the protagonist has found and isolated the antibody from the monkey's blood serum, by the next scene there's enough antiserum for all those infected (how?). Once injected into the dying people, it instantly cures them and everything shortly thereafter has returned to normal, with no lasting ill effects.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Daniels encounters one of these, but convinces him to cut the crap by informing him that he has come all the way from the disease-infected city, clutching the man's hands very earnestly, and offering to cough on him if he doesn't believe him.
* OhCrap:
-->'''Col. Danials:''' It's airborne!
** When Sandman's pilot and co-pilot see the Loach hovering in their path to Cedar Creek.
* TheOner: The credits sequence, which has a camera going through the Army biological hazards lab, with helpful subtitles showing which specific Biohazard level people work on.
* ThePlague: Motaba.
* RefugeInAudacity: How Daniels gets onto the military flight to Cedar Creek.
* RevealingCoverup: Ford provides the team with a serum [[spoiler: derived from the Motaba samples taken back in the Sixties]], which they find out works just fine against the first, un-mutated strain. Daniels' insistence in finding out where it came from puts Ford in a rut of increasingly ImplausibleDeniability.
* ScareChord: Used somewhat effectively when [[spoiler:Casey collapses as a result of the infection]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Daniels does this so much that his superiors just barely tolerate him. If he weren't [[BunnyEarsLawyer as good as he is]], he'd probably be reassigned or discharged.
* SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: Subverted. The viewers were given plenty of information about the residents of the town about to be bombed. So naturally the day is saved.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Daniels' response to being ordered not to interfere with the bombing of a small town:
-->"General [=McClintock=], {{with all due respect}}, fuck you. Sir."
* {{Sting}}: These are used practically all the time. And I do mean all the time.
* TemptingFate: Daniels interrupts General Ford's party to say he needs to put out an alert for Motaba. Ford, however, brushes him off, noting [[CryingWolf other times]] when Daniels expected a major outbreak, but didn't happen. In addition, Motaba kills so fast, it's hard for it to get very far. Afterwards, they agree that the odds of Motaba coming to America are about a million to one. Cue one Motaba-infected monkey arriving in America...
* TooDumbToLive: The guy who thought firing on a ''military attack chopper'', '''which had already fired warning shots at his truck''', was a good idea. Suffice it to say he did not live long after that.
* WithDueRespect: See SophisticatedAsHell, above.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Daniels works with his ex-wife Robby. [[spoiler: Naturally, they get back together at the end of the movie.]]
* WronskiFeint: After finding the host animal, Daniels and Salt are intercepted in their Loach by a pair of Hueys commanded by General [=McClintock=]. After an aerial chase, Salt manages to trick the two Hueys into nearly colliding. While they both survive, it distracts them long enough for Daniels to fire some missiles into the forest, keeping the Hueys even further distracted while they make it back to Cedar Creek.
* YouShallNotPass: In the climax, Daniels and Salt fly their helicopter right into the path of Sandman to prevent the bombing of Cedar Creek.
* YourCheatingHeart: Actually works in Daniels' favor in trying to get the name of the boat Jimbo was on:
--> '''Mrs. Pananides''': I have a friend in the Coast Guard I could call.
--> '''Daniels''': How close a friend?
--> '''Mrs. Pananides''': Closer than his wife would like...
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