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      The Satan Bug

      Released Apr 14, 1965 1 hr. 54 min. Sci-Fi List
      57% 7 Reviews Tomatometer 45% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Special Agent Lee Barrett (George Maharis) joins forces with Ann Williams (Anne Francis), a general's daughter, to recover a biological weapon stolen from a secret government lab. Learning that the pathogen could destroy all life on Earth, they focus their attention on a mysterious millionaire who may have orchestrated the theft. After annihilating a small town in Florida, the villain turns his attention to Los Angeles -- and the duo must race to stop the city's destruction. Read More Read Less

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      Mark B Unique cinematography, art direction, pacing and plot. Nothing like it at the time. Took the material seriously. At that time most action movies were campy. This wasn't. It was terrifying then. It's even more terrifying now. Good movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/15/23 Full Review dlma1 M A lesser-known film from the great John Sturges entitled "The Satan Bug" (1965). Sturges directed some great films including "Bad Day at Black Rock" and "The Great Escape". In this one, a madman steals flasks containing "The Satan Bug", a virus that could kill everyone in the world. It stars George Maharis as a rouge agent recruited to find the madman and stop him. Also stars Anne Francis, Richard Basehart, Dana Andrews, Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter in "Gomer Pyle") and even Ed Asner in an early role. While not Sturges' best film, it is well-acted and there are definitely some moments of great suspense. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review william k Well-staged and photographed sci-fi thriller has an interesting premise, but with stiff performances and due to too many plot twists is only mildly suspenseful. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent script! Great cast--Maharis and Basehart are exceptional! Jerry Goldsmith score and directed John Sturges. Best last line of a movie ever! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Snore. 3rd rate. D-list movie. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Stolidly directed, mostly in long shot, very talky thriller. Similar in theme and execution to Robert Wise's inferior Andromeda Strain. Hard to believe this is the work of John Sturges of Bad Day at Black Rock, The Great Escape and Hallelujah Trail. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...there’s a modern film fighting to get out; Maharis does well as the proto-Bond hero, and some of the location work is ahead of its time...with just a few glass flasks and a serious tone, Sturges conjures up a grounded sci-fi drama for patient viewers. Rated: 3/5 Jan 9, 2024 Full Review Sergio Benítez Espinof There is no talent in 'The Satan Bug' and there is a place for a clear mediocrity that tarnishes the entire film. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 26, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing The Satan Bug was a soft performer and has largely been forgotten over time, but it's a natural watch for audiences in the mood for intelligent fare. Rated: 3/4 Sep 26, 2015 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The slow-moving film was dull from the get-go and never picked up any momentum. Rated: C+ May 11, 2014 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 17, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Best forgotten George Maharis thriller; weak John Sturges. Rated: 2/5 Nov 1, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Special Agent Lee Barrett (George Maharis) joins forces with Ann Williams (Anne Francis), a general's daughter, to recover a biological weapon stolen from a secret government lab. Learning that the pathogen could destroy all life on Earth, they focus their attention on a mysterious millionaire who may have orchestrated the theft. After annihilating a small town in Florida, the villain turns his attention to Los Angeles -- and the duo must race to stop the city's destruction.
      Director
      John Sturges
      Screenwriter
      James Clavell, Edward Anhalt
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Mirisch Corporation
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 14, 1965, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 31, 2016
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