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Outbreak – Trailer

Outbreak is a 1995 American disaster film starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey. The film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen. In addition, Outbreak features Cuba Gooding, Jr., Donald Sutherland, and Patrick Dempsey.

The film focuses on an outbreak of a fictional Ebola-like virus called Motaba in Zaire and later in a small town in the United States. Its primary settings are government disease control centers USAMRIID and the CDC, and the fictional town of Cedar Creek, California. Outbreak shows how far the military and civilian agencies might go to contain the spread.

The film was released on March 10, 1995 and proved a solid box office success. The film was nominated for various awards but failed to garner any major award nominations. It also raised various “what-if” scenarios: media outlets began to question what the government would really do in a similar situation and if the CDC has plans in case an outbreak ever does occur. A real-life outbreak of the Ebola virus occurred in Zaire only a few months after the film was released.

The film is loosely based on The Hot Zone, a nonfiction book about Ebola and an Ebola outbreak in a monkey house in Reston Virginia.


Dustin Hoffman as Col. Sam Daniels
Rene Russo as Robby Keough
Morgan Freeman as Brigadier General Billy Ford
Kevin Spacey as Maj. Casey Schuler
Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Maj. Salt
Donald Sutherland as Maj. General Donald McClintock
Patrick Dempsey as James “Jimbo” Scott
J. T. Walsh as the White House Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Zakes Mokae as Dr. Benjamin Iwabi
Malick Bowens as Dr. Raswani
Susan Lee Hoffman as Dr. Lisa Aronson
Benito Martinez as Dr. Julio Ruiz
Bruce Jarchow as Dr. Mascelli

Box office

The film opened at #1 upon its opening weekend with $13,420,387 and spent three weeks on top of the US box office, before being capsized by Tommy Boy’s release.The film would go on to gross a $67,659,560 domestic total, and with an international $122,200,000, totaled $189,859,560 worldwide.The film is considered a commercial success from its $50 million budget.


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