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The Satan Bug (1965)

A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, prompting a security officer to act.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel) (as Ian Stuart), James Clavell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Maharis ... Lee Barrett
Richard Basehart ... Dr. Gregor Hoffman
Anne Francis ... Ann Williams
Dana Andrews ... Gen. Williams
John Larkin John Larkin ... Dr. Leonard Michaelson
Richard Bull ... Eric Cavanaugh
Frank Sutton ... Donald
Edward Asner ... Veretti (as Ed Asner)
Simon Oakland ... Tasserly
John Anderson ... Agent Reagan
John Clarke ... Lt. Raskin
Hari Rhodes ... Lt. Johnson
Martin Blaine ... Martin
Henry Beckman ... Dr. Baxter
Harry Lauter ... Fake SDI Agent
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Storyline

A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The price for uncovering the secret of the satan bug comes high - YOUR LIFE!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimagent Barrett greift ein See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his memoirs, Charlton Heston says he was asked to play the lead. In The Omega Man (1971) he does play a doctor who develops a vaccine for a bug that kills most of the population of earth. See more »

Goofs

At the climax, some long shots of the helicopter show the right side's door missing before the fight between Barrett and the pilot knocks it off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agent Reagan: [getting out of helicopter] Thanks.
Helicopter pilot: Yes sir.
Agent Reagan: See you.
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Connections

References The Phantom Creeps (1939) See more »

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Filming Location?
23 June 2003 | by JOHNBATES-1See all my reviews

A reference is made in the movie to Palmdale (north of Los Angeles) and this might be where the exterior views of the 'lab' were filmed. But many of the other scenes remind this commenter of the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area (east of the LA basin) in the Sixties before the influx of heavy population and housing. The beautiful purple mountains, the wide open peaceful vistas, the empty roads stretching off into the distance.

It's just a guess. Parts of Arizona could also have been involved. But that trailer park where the bad guy lives looks very much like one that's located near the base of the mountain on the back road out of Palm Desert (Hwy 111?).

Fun movie to watch for the scenery alone.

Too bad Ann Francis is once again only window dressing. She's capable, as many beautiful actresses are, of more. At least she gets to give one of the villains some grief.


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