The Satan Bug (26-Mar-1965)|
Director: John Sturges
Writers: James Clavell; Edward Anhalt
From novel: The Satan Bug by Alistair MacLean (as "Ian Stuart")
Music Composed and Conducted by: Jerry Goldsmith
Producer: John Sturges
Keywords: Thriller, Virus, Experiment Gone Awry
At a top-secret laboratory in the California desert designated Station 3, scientists engineer dangerous biological weapons. After an FBI agent is murdered onsite, one of the weaponized strains, called the "Satan Bug", is found missing along with the scientist that developed it; if released, possibly all life on Earth would be threatened. Terrorists communicate a demand that productions of weapons of mass destruction cease, or they will unleash the strain. Very early bioterror film.
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Review by Dee-Dee (posted on 4-Sep-2005)
The Satan Bug is a fine suspense film. George Maharis is the hero: a lawyer, ex-intelligence officer, pacifist, and former military helicopter pilot. His character, of course, is brilliant, brave, and very well educated. He plays his role with understated ease and confidence.
I think one of the things I like best about this film is its intelligence. The writers didn't feel the need to use bad language, unnecessary violence, or impossible contrivances to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat. The clever theft of a highly contagious biological weapon from a top secret and highly secure government laboratory facility is the premise of the film. Sure the idea has been done before, but this presentation is clever, witty, dramatic, and believable. The cast is also first rate and play their roles perfectly. The "inside man" is not suspected until near the end.
I will enjoy this movie again and again.
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