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Michael Crichton Film Series – Andromeda Strain

September 9, 2019,6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Film series overview

Few American writers have been more concerned with the transformative power of science, and its unforeseen consequences, than Michael Crichton. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control. This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series that considers how Crichton’s views on science and technology evolved during the final decades of the 20th century.

Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A will follow each screening.

About the September 9 film

Andromeda Strain (1971, 131 minutes, Rated G)

A deadly extraterrestrial virus is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an “insulated” drunkard. Based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. Directed by Robert Wise and stars Arthur Hill, James Olson, David Wayne, Kate Reid, and Paula Kelly.

A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A led by Lilah Rahn-Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Oxbridge Honors Molecular Biology at William Jewell College, will follow the screening.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Michael Crichton films in the series


Free parking is available on the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry Street Parking Garage. There are entrances on Oak St. and Cherry St. Parking on lower floors is reserved for cars with UMKC parking permits.



Eric Ward


UMKC Student Union Theater
5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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For reservation questions, please email events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8772 to leave a message.

Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information on these events.