Virus (1995 film)

  (Redirected from Formula for Death)

Virus (also known as Formula for Death) is a 1995 television film starring Nicollette Sheridan, William Devane, Stephen Caffrey, Dakin Matthews, Kurt Fuller, Barry Corbin and William Atherton. It was directed by Armand Mastroianni and written by Robin Cook and Roger Young, based on Cook's 1987 novel Outbreak. The film is also known as Formula for Death (the DVD title).

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GenreScience Fiction
Based onOutbreak
by Robin Cook
Screenplay byRoger Young
Directed byArmand Mastroianni
StarringNicollette Sheridan
William Devane
Barry Corbin
Theme music composerGarry Schyman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Frank von Zerneck
Robert M. Sertner
Producer(s)Randy Sutter
Barbara Black (co-producer)
Ted Babcock (associate producer)
CinematographyGideon Porath
Editor(s)Tod Feuerman
Running time93 minutes
Production company(s)Von Zerneck Sertner Films
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • May 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)


This is based on the medical fiction novel Outbreak by Robin Cook.



Todd Everett of Variety wrote, "In reducing the hazard to the level of personal melodrama, both the feature and the telepic trivialize the real-life menace, which is plenty scary on its own."[1] John J. O'Connor of The New York Times called the story inane and harebrained.[2] Chris Willman of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Mastroianni "tries to pump imperiled-woman suspense into the ludicrous scheming, with minimal antidotal effect. Prepare for an outbreak of laughter."[3]


  1. ^ Everett, Todd (1995-05-08). "Review: 'Robin Cook's Virus'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1995-05-08). "TELEVISION REVIEW; A 90's Kind of Predator, Via Robin Cook". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (1995-05-08). "TV REVIEWS : 'Way West' Probes Clash of Expansionism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-16.

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