Formula for Death

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This made-for-TV thriller was based on Robin Cook's bestseller Outbreak, but had to be retitled to avoid conflict with a similarly plotted theatrical feature of the same name (which in fact had been conceived long after Cook's novel hit the stands in 1987). Somewhere, somehow, someone has released a rare and deadly African ebola virus into the United States, apparently for the purpose of devastating major cities with death and disease. In her efforts to track down the root cause of this virus, fearless female medical researcher Marissa Blumenthal (Nicollette Sheridan) uncovers a sinister conspiracy that may involve her own colleagues--and in so doing, all but signs her own death warrant. First aired by NBC on May 8, 1995, Robin Cook's Virus has since been rebroadcast on cable TV under the title Robin Cook's Formula for Death, thereby distancing itself even farther from Outbreak (but not from another Cook novel called Coma, vestiges of which can be discerned in the plotline of this film!)


Nicollette Sheridan
as Marissa Blumenthal
William Devane
as Dr. Ralph Harbuck
Stephen Caffrey
as Tad Shockley
William Atherton
as Dr. Reginald Holloway
Barry Corbin
as Dr. Clayman
Dakin Matthews
as Dr. Dubcheck
Kurt Fuller
as Dr. Williams
Joe Minjares
as Dr. Newman
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