The Satan Bug (1965)

USA, 1965
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, “color by DeLuxe”, 2.35:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American science fiction film directed by John Sturges.

Plot Summary

A lethal virus with the potential to wipe out all life on Earth, code-named the Satan Bug, is stolen from a research laboratory and the culprit threatens to let in loose in San Francisco.


Directed by: John Sturges
© MCMLXV [1965] by Mirisch-Kappa
The Mirisch Corporation presents. Released through: United Artists
Produced by: John Sturges
Screenplay by: James Clavell, Edward Anhalt
Based on the Novel by: Ian Stuart [real name: Alistair Maclean]
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Film Editor: Ferris Webster
Music Composed and Conducted by: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound: Harold Lewis
Wardrobe: Wes Jeffries
Makeup: Emile Lavigne
Special Effects: Paul Pollard
Art Director: Herman Blumenthal
Casting: Lynn Stalmaster

George Maharis (Barrett)
Richard Basehart (Hoffman)
Anne Francis (Ann)
Dana Andrews (General)
John Larkin (Michaelson)
Richard Bull (Cavanaugh)
Frank Sutton (Donald)
Ed Asner (Veretti)
Simon Oakland (Tasserly)
John Anderson (Reagan)
John Clarke (Raskin)
Hari Rhodes (Johnson)
Martin Blaine (Martin)
Henry Beckman (Baxter)
Harry Lauter (fake SDI agent)
James Hong (Yang)

Alternative Titles

Alarm fra center 3 – Denmark
Alarm i stasjon 3 – Norway
Bas 3 Top Secret – Sweden
Estación 3 ultrasecreto – Spain
Estación 3, secreto supremo – Mexico
Geheimagent Barrett greift ein – Austria, West Germany
Kalmankoura – Finland
I megali katadioxis – Greece
O Mundo Marcha para o Fim – Brazil
Pokoli találmány – Hungary
A sátán férge – Hungary
Station 3: Ultra secret – France
Stazione 3: top secret – Italy
Szatanski wirus – Poland
O Veneno do Diabo – Portugal
Virus e Shaytan – Iran
Virusul satanic – Romania
Дьявольский микроб – Russia
サタンバグ – Japan



  • The Daily Cinema no.9060 (5 May 1965) p.6 – credits, review
  • The Film Daily vol.126 no.44 (8 March 1965) p.4 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.184 no.33 (8 March 1965) p.3 – credits, review
  • Keyboard vol.11 no.2 (issue #106) (February 1985) pp.19-20, 22-26 – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldmsith by Tom Darter)
  • Kine Weekly no.3005 (6 May 1965) p.13 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.32 no.376 (May 1965) p.71 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.233 n6 17 March 1965 p.249 – credits, review
  • Variety 10 March 1965 – credits, review


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.244 – illustrated credits, review
  • Encyclopedia of American Spy Films by Larry Langman & David Ebner p.318 – credits, note
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.272
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.397
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.413 – credits
  • The International Spy Guide 002 by Richard Rhys Davies p.796 – illustrated credits, note
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee pp.417-418 – credits