Andromeda Strain, The (1971): Robert Wise Version of Michael Crichton Book

Released during the height of the disaster-thriller cycle of the early1970s, Robert Wise’s “The Andromeda Strain” is based on Michael Crichton’s popular novel, which concerns a killer virus from outer space that falls onto Earth, hitting a small and remote desert town.

The ensemble consists of Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson and Kate Reid, but it’s not a movie about acting—or characterization.

 

Oscar Nominations: 2

Art Direction-Set Decoration: Boris Leven, William Tunke; Ruby Levitt

Editing: Stuart Gilmore, John W. Holmes

 

Oscar Awards: None

The art direction Oscar went to the stuffy period drama, “Nicholas and Alexandra,” and the editing award to Jerry Greenberg for “The French Connection,” which also won Picture, Director and Actor for Gene Hackman.