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Going topical: Plague Movies

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Well, there might be a situation going on. YOu might have heard about it, so what better way than to educate ourselves with movies and tv-series about outbreaks and how they handeled it.

If people could share their top lists in two categories: Fictional outbreaks and historical outbreaks.
And if you want. The worst ones: What should you not see during an outbreak.


And let us keep zombies out of this. That is a whole other story
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Historical
none really, but Det sjunde inseglet (1957) happens during the Black plague
I'm trying to find some about the spanish flu though

Fictional
1. Contagion (2011)
2. The Stand (1994)
3. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
4. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

(these are the ones with keyword plague, I'll expand as I figure out more keywords)
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Do zombie plagues count? Because that's a big list.

Some other fictional titles:

1. Outbreak (1995)
2. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
3. Panic in the Streets (1950)


Also I am excluding extraterrestrial plagues, etc. because that is also a potentially very big list.
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Haven't seen it, but:

Black Death
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I wouldn't recommend Outbreak (1995). They do so many things wrong in that movie
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Yeah but Cuba Gooding Jr. flies a helicopter under a bridge!
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Fukkatsu no hi (1980) aka Virus

virus and epidemic as keywords will probably give a lot of hits on Imdb
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Perfect Sense (2011) is one for the fictional category. I don't like it, but some people seem to.
Both Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) movies are somewhat adjacent to this theme.
Gwoemul (2006) is primarily a monster movie, but there's also a virus scare in it.
The modern Planet of the Apes movies have a plague in them, though it's not the main subject. I guess Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the most relevant of them.

For historical ones, there's Le hussard sur le toit (1995) which takes place during a plague outbreak in southern France in the XIXth century. Haven't seen it, but the book it's adapted from is a classic.
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Saramago's Ensaio sobre a Cegueira is a hit in Italy. Here's the movie adaptation: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/blindness/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/carriers/ is the most closer to the Corona Virus, at least in the beginning.
There's also Shyamalan's https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+happening/ and Romero's https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+crazies/
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One that I really liked as a teen is Meirelles' (Director of Cidade De Deus) 'Blindness' ->

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/blindness/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0861689/

Most of you will have seen it to.

Edit: I see Dirty_score already posted it, sorry
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I know of a bunch of decent outbreak/plague films, but I would take no guidance at all from them in terms of an actual, logical response.

But 3 I enjoyed:
Variola Vera (1982) nonfiction
Black Death (2010) fiction
No Blade of Grass (1970) fiction
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Well, that is the point of dividing them into fiction and history


One very know norwegian movie is Trollsyn (1994) which is about one child that survived the black plague. And when others came to seek out for survivors she had almost gone feral by living alone.

It's based on a true story about "Jostedalsrypa" but the movie also takes some liberties with clairvoyance and other witchcraft.
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albajos wrote: March 12th, 2020, 12:51 pm Well, that is the point of dividing them into fiction and history
woops. I updated...
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I liked Variola Vera a lot, which I believe is historical and not fictional.

Camus' The Plague (fictional, though informed by real outbreaks) was adapted to screen in 1992
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the navigator: a medieval odyssey (88) - fiction
And the band played on (93) - history
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The National Geographic series The Hot Zone has some early-90s-TV production values (and writing), but still a reasonably entertaining and interesting adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller. Plus it has Liam Cunningham, officially one of the coolest actors ever.

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i watched die hamburger krankheit (1979) last night. it's certainly interesting but kinda loses it's focus in the farcical second half. with cult figures fernando arrabal and romy haag and a soundtrack by jean-michel jarre
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Malayalam language Indian film Virus (2019) decent film that depicts the events of short but deadly Nipah virus outbreak happened in kerala
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For those that are into comics, the Belgian Spirou has an album called Virus! About a conterminated ship that arrives at their port.

I know Viggo, Asterix, Tintin and Lucky Luke all got movies, but don't know about any Spirou ones.
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albajos wrote: March 13th, 2020, 9:26 pm I know Viggo, Asterix, Tintin and Lucky Luke all got movies, but don't know about any Spirou ones.
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Not a plague movie, but this seems apropos:

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A couple I've watched in recent years...

The Satan Bug (1965) about a stolen super-germ developed in a lab that could kill all life on earth. Really nicely done paranoid thriller.

Plague (1979) low budget Canadian effort about a plague engulfing a city and the carrier who is spreading it unbeknownst. I thought it was pretty awful but some others here I think liked it.

and a couple of 50s plague-themed noir

Panic in the Streets (1950) - Set in New Orleans. it's Elia Kazan and stars Richard Widmark and it's on 5 official lists so I probably don't need to say more. weirdboy already mentioned this above but it ties in with...

The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) - Same year, different city. Guess which one, and what the killer is.
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Well, I see someone mentioning AIDS. Of course this was a Us and Them situation. Where you believed you were safe if you were straight

But with Dallas Buyers Club (biographical) shows how it was for straight people to get the disease. So they had to both struggle against misdirected homofobic judgement as well as the disease itself.
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blocho wrote: March 12th, 2020, 2:12 pm I liked Variola Vera a lot, which I believe is historical and not fictional.
In reality most of the victims were Ibrahim Hoti's (Halil Rexhepi was not his real name) friends and family members at Kosovo, whom he infected upon arrival from Mecca.
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So I watched Wolfang Petersen's Outbreak last night - O MY GOD is this a terrible, terrible film. In fact it's one of those films that is so bad I have to call into question my whole viewing/rating/thinking about film philosophy, particularly when it applies to dumbass American blockbusters, which I've always liked maybe more than I should. The plot gets to whole levels of stupid that few films ever dare to hit, and the acting - with one exception - is some of the worst I've ever seen from a talented cast. OK I guess Spacey isn't bad - he's pretty much what he always is; Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr - all terrible, with Donald Sutherland deserving singling out for one of the worst stereotypical villains I've ever seen. The exception though is J.T. Walsh as the WH Chief of Staff who is absolutely brilliant in his one little 3-minute harangue of the President's cabinet; he alone is responsible for a ratings point, and there are a few other moments here and there - some of the anti-military rage from Hoffman towards the end isn't bad. But on the whole this is just acres of stupid, and anybody who can't predict almost everything that's going to happen - including which of the main characters will die, and which will get sick but will get the newly synthesized-in-just-a-few-minutes treatment drug just in time - really hasn't watched enough movies.
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Is Donald Sutherland worse than his Hannibal Lecter ripoff in Backdraft?

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outdoorcats wrote: March 18th, 2020, 10:51 pm Is Donald Sutherland worse than his Hannibal Lecter ripoff in Backdraft?
I really don't remember that film, certainly not the acting, so I can't say. I know I hated it when I saw it (new) so possibly, but then again it's Ron Howard, I'm sure there were lots of reasons to hate it.
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Look, Donald Sutherland is bad in a lot of movies. There's no need to call out his performance in Outbreak or Backdraft when there are films like The Trouble with Spies around.
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weirdboy wrote: March 18th, 2020, 11:40 pm Look, Donald Sutherland is bad in a lot of movies. There's no need to call out his performance in Outbreak or Backdraft when there are films like The Trouble with Spies around.
OK, how about "worst performance by Donald Sutherland in a film that more than a few hundred people have ever seen".
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Has anyone mentioned Death In Venice? Though the emphasis is not an epidemic, it is affected by one

Contagion, mentioned at the top, is a pretty scary treatment that has some affinity with what is going on right now
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How long until we get a miniseries on our current predicament? I bet netflix has a miniseries in two years with Martin Freeman as Anthony Fauci and Randy Quaid as Trump.

By the way, it's been a while, but I seem to remember And the Band Played On (maybe only the book, not sure about the HBO adaptation) depicting Fauci as being smart but also an enormous asshole.
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OldAle1 wrote: March 18th, 2020, 5:51 pm So I watched Wolfang Petersen's Outbreak last night - O MY GOD is this a terrible, terrible film. In fact it's one of those films that is so bad I have to call into question my whole viewing/rating/thinking about film philosophy, particularly when it applies to dumbass American blockbusters, which I've always liked maybe more than I should. The plot gets to whole levels of stupid that few films ever dare to hit, and the acting - with one exception - is some of the worst I've ever seen from a talented cast. OK I guess Spacey isn't bad - he's pretty much what he always is; Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr - all terrible, with Donald Sutherland deserving singling out for one of the worst stereotypical villains I've ever seen. The exception though is J.T. Walsh as the WH Chief of Staff who is absolutely brilliant in his one little 3-minute harangue of the President's cabinet; he alone is responsible for a ratings point, and there are a few other moments here and there - some of the anti-military rage from Hoffman towards the end isn't bad. But on the whole this is just acres of stupid, and anybody who can't predict almost everything that's going to happen - including which of the main characters will die, and which will get sick but will get the newly synthesized-in-just-a-few-minutes treatment drug just in time - really hasn't watched enough movies.
I give it 1/10, and that was my original rating in the 90s. Any movie you get stupider by watching do not really have a reason to get anything else, and everything is wrong in that one.
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Not a plague movie, but a movie that's come to mind with the sudden weird shift in atmosphere is Melancholia. I was thinking about it today and how the reactions of the depressive and the optimist differ to the external events & wondering if my house was going to somehow mirror it (I'm a kinda depressive living with two more optimistic/well-adjusted people)
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albajos wrote: March 13th, 2020, 9:26 pm For those that are into comics, the Belgian Spirou has an album called Virus! About a conterminated ship that arrives at their port.

I know Viggo, Asterix, Tintin and Lucky Luke all got movies, but don't know about any Spirou ones.
There is a (French, naturellement) movie of Spirou and it looks just as terrible as you'd expect. And "Viggo" (Gaston Lagaffe) is called Gomer Goof in English.
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This I certainly recommend:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074741/
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This is a complaint but as this thread is related, it's disappointing that there are so little movies under the Empty streets keyword:
https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?ke ... pty-street
Does anyone reading add new keywords to movies on IMDb?

I was just watching Night of the Comet where everyone died of an extraterrestrial plague. I actually only picked it up cuz of the actress I saw in Weekend at Bernie's.
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