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Old September 16 2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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The Andromeda Strain

I watched this movie last night on Cinemax I think. I haven't seen it for years, it was made in 1971. Even though the pacing of the movie is very slow (directed by Robert Wise, go figure) I still found the movie very interesting. I haven't seen since I was a kid, decades ago, and seeing it again now was like seeing it for the first time.....I saw the mini-series earlier this summer and didn't like it at all...

I think this movie could be remade with a modern cast and effects, with a little better pacing, and would be a good movie.

The 1971 version, the one I saw last night ,may not be a scifi classic, but it is still a good movie that touches on themes (alien life threatening our world with bacteria/virus the size of two microns) that could easily be brought up. I think, in 2014, they plant to bring back a soil sample from mars, and if they find it by then, perhaps even a mircobotic life form...

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Old September 16 2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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The 1971 version... may not be a scifi classic...
I think it is. I think there are quite a few who would agree.
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Old September 16 2008, 07:45 PM   #3
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The 1971 version... may not be a scifi classic...
I think it is. I think there are quite a few who would agree.
I would put it in the classic column..But I hardly ever here it 'mentioned'..

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Old September 16 2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: The Andromeda Strain

There was a tv miniseries remake of Andromeda Strain that aired earlier this year. It's out on DVD.
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Old September 16 2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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There was a tv miniseries remake of Andromeda Strain that aired earlier this year. It's out on DVD.
I saw it..and I thought it was dumbed down for today's younger crowd..IMO..

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Old September 16 2008, 09:26 PM   #6
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There was a tv miniseries remake of Andromeda Strain that aired earlier this year. It's out on DVD.
I saw it..and I thought it was dumbed down for today's younger crowd..IMO..

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I liked it... It was average good. (Could have used a few better actors though...)
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Old September 16 2008, 09:29 PM   #7
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The 1971 version... may not be a scifi classic...
I think it is. I think there are quite a few who would agree.
I would be one of them. And so would my dad.

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Old September 16 2008, 10:56 PM   #8
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Re: The Andromeda Strain

It's one of my all-time favorite films. And the "slow"ness of its pace is one of the reasons. You have to think while the characters are thinking. You have to observe what THEY are observing at the pace they're observing it.

And the art direction still holds up in my opinion. The quintessential sub-desert installation. (The Time Tunnel had a great one, too.

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Old September 16 2008, 11:19 PM   #9
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A classic. The realism of this movie is outstanding. Some people don't like the slow-paced genre of this film. For me, it gives the impression you're actually live with them, looking for every single clue, hearing the baby crying and the drunk guy.

by the way, my favorite scene who still affects me is the voices of those poor military who die. We don't have to see them die. The way it was done was perfect. The line on the screen and those guys in the office standing there. They know they couldn't do anything for them. Horrifying...

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Old September 17 2008, 12:12 AM   #10
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I always watch this when it is on, good film unlike that stupid remake!
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Old September 17 2008, 01:08 AM   #11
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I always watch this when it is on, good film unlike that stupid remake!
Word.

Man, that remake was just all kinds of stinkburger.


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Old September 17 2008, 03:05 AM   #12
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There was a tv miniseries remake of Andromeda Strain that aired earlier this year. It's out on DVD.
I saw it..and I thought it was dumbed down for today's younger crowd..IMO..

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Old September 23 2008, 07:28 PM   #13
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Re: The Andromeda Strain

Agreed, the original movie is a classic of sci-fi cinema. The miniseries added nothing to the tale, and I'll not be watching it again.

The book is an interesting read also!

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Old September 24 2008, 02:30 AM   #14
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I read the book in 5th grade lol, and liked the movie a lot.. it's certainly one of the most faithful adfaptations of a book I've ever seen, other than the gender-switch of one scientist.

It's really a science procedural movie as much as anything lol.
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Old September 24 2008, 06:23 PM   #15
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Am I dreaming this or did the mini-series have some weird twist about
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