Outbreak – Edited

Theatrical Release: March 10, 1995
DVD Release: April 12, 2004


Imagine a virus so powerful it kills its victim within 48 hours with no way to stop it. A virus so frightening and so unstoppable that the President would be willing to annihilate an entire town to prevent its spreading. This is the scenario for OUTBREAK. Colonel Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife, Robby Keough (Rene Russo), both work for the Center for Disease Control. They are forced to work together when the Motaba virus breaks out in a small town in California. Circumstances become complicated when Daniels discovers there had been an effective vaccine developed for Motaba, but the vaccine is now useless because the virus has mutated. The only hope is for Daniels to locate the host of the virus, which is a monkey, and develop a new antiserum. The suspense mounts as Robby becomes infected, and Daniels has only 48 hours to develop a new serum. And if these odds are not enough excitement for you, the government’s solution is to blow up the town, sacrificing it for the safety of the nation. OUTBREAK’s suspense will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Dove Review

This is an exciting suspensful film along the lines of “The Andromeda Strain.” In this one though, the governement is the bad guy, willing to sacrIfice innocent civilians to cover up their blundering mistakes. Hoffman plays a caring but angry man that works constantly which has placed his marriage on the rocks. He finds himself fighting his ex-wife, his boss and time while he tries to figure out what exactly is making all these people die.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Producer: Gail Katz
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 127 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens