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''The Andromeda Strain'' is a 1971 disaster movie based on the [[Literature/TheAndromedaStrain novel of the same name]] by Creator/MichaelCrichton. Directed by Creator/RobertWise, it stars Arthur Hill (Stone), James Olson (Hall), Kate Reid (Dutton), and David Wayne (Burton) and follows the book closely.

''The Andromeda Strain'' follows a team of scientists who investigate a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin, which has already wiped out an entire town, save two survivors.

For its time, the film showed impressive special effects. Computers had advanced pen inputs that [[MagicalComputer didn't behave out of character for the era.]]

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!!Tropes:
* AsciiArt: The computer graphics - hot stuff at the time.
* AvengersAssemble: When Code Wildfire is declared the movie cuts to scenes showing the military coming to collect the four scientists, often interrupting them in mid-work.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Dr. Hall is repeatedly told about Wildfire's nuclear bomb SelfDestructMechanism (which will go off if a disease escapes containment), how he's the only one who can stop it from detonating and how important it is that he be able to get to one of the deactivation terminals quickly. [[spoiler:You can guess what he has to do at the ending of both the movie and novel!]]
** A fighter jet experiences a severe malfunction when it flew past Andromeda -- all of its plastics dissolved, leaving him helpless as the jet crashes. [[spoiler:Andromeda quickly adapts the same form in Level Five and destroys the gaskets keeping the levels uncontaminated, quickly causing a self-destruct mechanism to activate.]]
* CirclingVultures: When the SCOOP team approaches the town of Piedmont they see buzzards circling over the town - a {{Foreshadowing}} of the dead bodies they will find there.
* ContentWarnings: As it says on the original poster (shown above), "Rated G but may be too intense for younger children."
* ConvulsiveSeizures
* CrazyPrepared:
-->'''Leavitt''': (Looking at bleak dusty road, turns to Burton who's driving) You're lost! No one's been down this goat path for years!\\
'''Burton''': That's how it's supposed to look. We spent $50,000 on this road.\\
'''Leavitt''': (astonished) Putting ''in'' the potholes?\\
'''Burton''': Covering up the equipment tracks. Heavy equipment leaves a big trail.
* CreatorCameo: When Mark Hall is ordered to stop a surgery he's about to start, one of the doctors in the back of the operating room is Michael Crichton.
* DecontaminationChamber: There is a long sequence in one of these while the scientists are entering Wildfire, done to prevent any outside contaminants from getting inside. (There is a similar long sequence in the book.)
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: When Dr. Hall is first given the key to prevent the nuclear device from detonating if the computer controlled auto countdown starts, he thinks it would be his job to initiate it.
* ForWantOfANail
** A simple piece of paper prevented the notification bell from ringing.
** They only installed 3 self-destruct cancellation stations per level, but they need 5, of which the last two aren't yet finished. [[spoiler: Guess where the only person with the key to prevent self destruct is locked into when the self destruct mechanism activates.]]
* GenderFlip: Leavitt was a male in the book, but was changed to a female in the film.
* GoshdangItToHeck: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues:
-->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first.
-->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here.
-->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''.
** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike.
* HotScientist: Noticeably averted. The lone female is in her fifties and overweight. And, it must be said, one of the most memorable characters in the movie, [[DeadpanSnarker snarking delightfully]] with all her might.
* JustInTime: The coutdown is stopped with time to spare.
-->'''Ruth:''' There were eight seconds left. [[DeadpanSnarker Hardly exciting.]]
* {{Pixellation}}: In the men's ultraviolet scan, their privates are blurred.
* ShownTheirWork: An interesting example. When Leavitt has a seizure that's induced by a flashing light, the pattern is actually extremely unlikely to cause a seizure. This wasn't an accident but rather intentionally chosen to prevent triggering them in audiences.
* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: An early vector map of North America (think Atari's ''Battle Zone'') calculates the projected spread of the fatal contagion.
* SpySpeak: Dr. Charles Dutton uses Type 3 to enter Project Wildfire.
-->'''Guard:''' Howdy.\\
'''Dutton:''' Howdy Doody.\\
'''Guard:''' You got the time?\\
'''Dutton:''' My watch stopped at 11:46.\\
'''Guard:''' Darn shame.\\
'''Dutton:''' Must be the heat.
* ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: In the opening, the pair in biohazard suits are investigating the corpses littering the town:
-->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' [Removing the pants of the dead doctor] Have a look at his buttocks.
-->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' That's NOT funny.
-->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' Not meant to be! Normally, blood in a dead person goes to the lowest points. There should be marks of lividity, right? Do you see any purplish marks on his butt?
-->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' No...
* TrackingDevice: Didn't exist in 1971 when the movie was made, but the four scientists can be tracked by the electronic diagram, anywhere in the Wildfire complex. Today, you could do it with an RFID chip embedded in their clothing.
* YouCanSeeThatRight: Ruth to Dr. Stone while they're examining the green stain on the meteorite.
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