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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.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Anderson
20-Oct-1922 7-Aug-1992 Harry Jackson on MacGyver
Dana Andrews
1-Jan-1909 17-Dec-1992 The Best Years of Our Lives
Ed Asner
15-Nov-1929   Lou Grant
Richard Basehart
31-Aug-1914 17-Sep-1984 La Strada
Henry Beckman
26-Nov-1921 17-Jun-2008 Capt. Clancey on Here Come the Brides
Richard Bull
26-Jun-1924 3-Feb-2014 Nels on Little House on the Prairie
Anne Francis
16-Sep-1930 2-Jan-2011 Forbidden Planet
James Hong
22-Feb-1929   Indeed!
George Maharis
1-Sep-1928   Buzz Murdock on Route 66
Simon Oakland
28-Aug-1915 29-Aug-1983 Tony Vincenzo on Kolchak
Frank Sutton
23-Oct-1923 28-Jun-1974 Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle


George Maharis   ...   Barrett
Richard Basehart   ...   Hoffman
Anne Francis   ...   Ann
Dana Andrews   ...   General
John Larkin   ...   Michaelson
Richard Bull   ...   Cavanaugh
Frank Sutton   ...   Donald
Ed Asner   ...   Veretti
Simon Oakland   ...   Tasserly
John Anderson   ...   Reagan
John Clarke   ...   Raskin
Hari Rhodes   ...   Johnson
Martin Blaine   ...   Martin
Henry Beckman   ...   Baxter
Harry Lauter   ...   Fake SDI Agent
James Hong   ...   Yang


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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