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127 min
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Wolfgang Petersen
7 wins & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1995-03-10
Filming Locations: Arcata, California, USA
Budget: $50,000,000
Opening Weekend: $13,420,387 (USA) (12 March 1995)
Gross: $67,823,573 (USA)£4,343,040 (UK)
Rene Russo
Rene Russo
Dustin Hoffman
Sam Daniels
Morgan Freeman
General Billy Ford
Kevin Spacey
Casey Schuler
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Major Salt
Donald Sutherland
General Donald McClintock
Patrick Dempsey
Jimbo Scott
Zakes Mokae
Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
Malick Bowens
Dr. Raswani
Susan Lee Hoffman
Dr. Lisa Aronson
Benito Martinez
Dr. Julio Ruiz
Bruce Jarchow
Dr. Mascelli
Leland Hayward III
Henry Seward
Daniel Chodos
Rudy Alvarez
Dale Dye
Colonel Briggs
Gina Menza
Mrs. Jeffries
Per Didrik Fasmer
Mr. Jeffries
Michelle Joyner
Sherry Mauldin
Donald Forrest
Mack Mauldin
Julie Pierce
Erica Mauldin
Tim Ransom
Tommy Hull
Michelle M. Miller
Darla Hull
Maury Sterling
Sandman One
Michael Emanuel
Sandman One Co-Pilot
Lucas Dudley
Viper One Pilot
Robert Alan Joseph
Viper Two Pilot
Joseph Latimore
Viper Two Co-Pilot
Michael Sottile
Gunner Pilot
Ed Beechner
Matthew Saks
Sergeant Wolf
Diana Bellamy
Mrs. Pananides
Lance Kerwin
American Mercenary
Brett Oliver
Belgian Mercenary
Eric Mungai Nguku
African Nurse
Larry Hine
Young McClintock
Nickolas H. Marshall
Young Ford
Douglas Hebron
Ju-Ju Man
Jae Woo Lee
Korean Captain
Johnny Kim
Seaman Chulso Lee (as Derek Kim)
Billy Stevenson
Biotest Guard (as Bill Stevenson)
Kellie Overbey
Dana Andersen
Patricia Place
Mrs. Foote
Nicholas Pappone
Little Boy on Plane
Traci Odom
Little Boy's Mother
Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Boston Doctor #1
Thomas Crawford
Boston Doctor #2
Buzz Barbee
Boston Doctor #3
Jenna Byrne
Brian Reddy
Tracy's Father
Ina Romeo
Mrs. Logan
Teresa Velarde
Nurse Emma
Jane Jenkins
Nurse Jane (as J.J. Chaback)
Carmela Rappazzo
Hospital Receptionist
Kurt Boesen
Mayor Gaddis
Jack Rader
Police Chief Fowler
Robert Rigamonte
Country Health Official
Mimi Doyka
Frightened Mother
C. Jack Robinson
Biotest Manager
Robert Alan Beuth
George Armistead
Gordon Michaels
Man in Line
Peter Looney
White House Counsel
Conrad Bachmann
California Governor
Cary J. Pitts
Cynthia Harrison
Marcus Hennessy
Station Manager
Albert Owens
Broadcast Director
David Silverbrand
TV Reporter
Julie Araskog
Janet Adams
Frank Rositani
Senator Rosales
George Christy
Bruce Isacson
Marilyn Brandt
Ford's Secretary
Philip Handy
Sergeant Meyer
Tim Frazee
MP #1
Moses Williams
MP #2
Roland Tsui
MP #3
Keith Butler
MP #4
Davi Lee Phillips
MP #5
Ralph Miller
Officer #1
Mark Brown
Officer #2 (as Mark Drown)
Jim Antonio
Dr. Drew Reynolds
Brad Frost
Street Thug (uncredited)
Ellsworth Hanna
Sailor at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Jeanne Hanna
Sailor's Wife at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Jack Kyle
Doctor (uncredited)
John Lizzi
Newsroom Reporter (uncredited)
Beau Lotterman
Army Major (uncredited)
Ross Turner
Townsperson (uncredited)
J.T. Walsh
Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc
Army Pilot (uncredited)
Did you know?
The bomb that explodes in the ocean was scripted to explode over the town, vaporizing it. Boss Film actually did the effects sequence showing the destruction, but test screenings forced the filmmakers to re-shoot the end with the town being saved.
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The CGI artists at Boss Film Studios added a little note in a single frame. The note was attached to the bomb and it read "To Ferndale with love, Boss Film Studios"
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Dustin Hoffman's role of Sam Daniels was originally intended for Harrison Ford. Coincidentally, Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner (1982) was written with Dustin Hoffman in mind.
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The H-6 only has a range of 267 miles. Looking at the direction as Daniels and Salt are flying the helicopter along the coast line, it is clear that they are flying south from Cedar Creek to San Francisco. Now, there are five Cedar Creeks north of San Francisco, the closest one located 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. This Cedar Creek is far from the coast though. The Cedar Creek that is closest to the coast is a whopping 323 miles away, so the flight to SFO and back plus standing in the air against the plane would never have worked without refueling. All of the Cedar Creeks are real creeks anyway, and uninhabited. When preparing for the way back to Cedar Creek Daniel mentions a town called Palisades between San Francisco and Cedar Creek. There is no such town.
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Near the end of the movie, the plane opens its rear door to drop the bomb. In one of the next shots the plane is shown with its rear door closed.
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Right before Col. Daniels gets on the C-130 transport, he is talking to Brig. Gen. Ford. As the colonel is about to board the plane, the general salutes him first, which is incorrect military protocol. The lower-ranked officer always salutes first.
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Sam Daniels: George, you've heard about this virus?... Shall I cough on you, George?
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Sam Daniels: Sir, what did I ever do to make your life miserable?
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Sergeant Wolf: This could mean my stripes, sir.
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What is the beginning of the movie supposed to show...where they bomb the encampment in Africa?
That scene, which takes place 30 years prior to the setting of the movie, is supposed to show that Major General Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland) and Brigadier General Billy Ford (Morgan Freeman) knew from the getgo that the Motaba virus had the potential of being made into a biological weapon, since they were the ones who recovered it when it first appeared 30 years earlier. They ordered that the encampment be bombed as they flew away in their helicopter. Under McClintock's plan, it was their goal to obtain a sample of the virus and then wipe it out completely so that no one but the U.S. Army had control of it.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Outbreak can be found here.
A Note Regarding Spoilers
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Photos from cast
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