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Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Bruno
Release Date 1999
Language English
Studio Dark Horse Entertainment
Mutual Film Company
Valhalla Motion Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kelly "Kit" Foster Jamie Lee Curtis
Steve Baker William Baldwin
Capt. Robert Everton Donald Sutherland
Nadia Vinogradova Joanna Pacula
Hiko Cliff Curtis
J. W. Woods Jr. Marshall Bell
Richie Sherman Augustus
Captain Alexi Levan Uchaneishvili

Virus is a 1999 American sci-fi horror film directed by John Bruno, famed for his visual effects work for many of James Cameron's films, and based on the comic series of the same name. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland.

The story follows a group of salvage workers whose tugboat Sea Star is caught in a powerful storm, losing their uninsured cargo. When they encounter a mysterious derelict Russian vessel, the Akademik Vladislav Volkov, their Captain (Sutherland) jumps at the chance to claim salvage rights, but after they restore the ship's power it quickly transpires that the vessel is not as abandoned as it first appeared.

In actuality the Akademik Vladislav Volkov, named after the fashion of the Soviet space control monitoring ship Akademik Sergey Korolev, was the decommissioned USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (T-AGM-10), a WW2-era General G. O. Squier-class transport ship built in 1943 as USS General Harry Taylor and transferred to the Air Force to be refitted as a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship in 1964 to collect ballistic missile test data. She had been mothballed after her retirement in 1983 and stricken from the naval register in 1993, and was in a severe state of disrepair at the time of filming with corrosion all over the hull. The comment by Richie (Sherman Augustus) about the state of the ship's antenna is the actor's real, unscripted reaction to the condition of the Vandenberg. The film crew only repainted one side of the ship to save money, with all exterior shots filmed on that side. The Cyrillic lettering added to the vessel was still present when she was sunk as an artificial reef in 2009.
The following weapons were used in the film Virus:


Webley Mk VI Revolver

Captain Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) uses his Webley Mk VI revolver in the film.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Captain Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) loads his Webley Mk VI revolver.
Captain Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) contemplates suicide with his Webley Mk VI revolver, before he is interrupted.

Colt Model 1903

Kit Foster (Jamie Lee Curtis) carries a Colt Model 1903 Pistol.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 acp
Kit Foster (Jamie Lee Curtis) aims the Colt Model 1903 Pistol she keeps in her waistband.

Stechkin APS

A Stechkin APS pistol was used as the main weapon of Volkov Captain Alexi (Levan Uchaneishvili) (who was turned into a cyborg by the energy alien). The pistol would later fall into the hands of Richie after he finished off the cyborg.

Stechkin APS - 9mm Makarov
Stechkin APS.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"

A Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" is seen in the hands of Sea Star crew members Steve Baker (William Baldwin), Richie (Sherman Augustus) and Captain Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) when they board the derelict Russian Ship Volkov.

Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun - 12 gauge
As Baker (William Baldwin) looks on, Captain Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) holds his Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun.
Richie (Sherman Augustus) holds his Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun.

Colt M1911A1 pistol

An M1911A1 is seen in the hands of Sea Star crew member Woods while boarding the Volkov.

World War 2 issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Woods (Marshall Bell) with the Colt in his waistband.

Submachine Guns

Yugoslav Model 61 Skorpion

Nadia (Joanna Pacula) uses the Yugoslav Model 61 Skorpion throughout the film.

Yugoslavian made Model 61(i) Skorpion distinguishable by its black pistol grip - .32 ACP
Nadia (Joanna Pacula) fires her Model 61(i) Skorpion, disguised by her gas mask.



The AKM is used by the main characters in the film, notably in the hands of Steve Baker (William Baldwin), Hiko (Cliff Curtis) and Richie (Sherman Augustus) . AKM rifles were also seen in large quantities in the Volkov's small arms locker.

AKM assault rifle - 7.62x39mm
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Virus-AKM HikoA.jpg


The AKMS is used by the main characters in the film. Also seen in the Volkov's small arms locker.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm

Norinco Type 56

In the Volkov's small arms locker, a number of Norinco Type 56 rifles (both the folding bayonet variant and the variants without the folding bayonet) can be seen on the gun racks next to the AKM rifles - which is odd to see because the Volkov is a Russian naval vessel and the Norinco Type 56 is a Chinese rifle. It is quite possible that the Type 56 rifles were used as a "stand-in" for the Russian AKM rifle.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Type 56s can be see in the rack, two on the left without bayonets and two on the right with them. The rifle in the center is either an AKM or AKMS: note the lack of a hood on the front sight.
Virus-NorincoType56 BaldwinA.jpg
Virus-NorincoType56 AugustusA.jpg

Fake East German MPi-AKM-K

A mocked up East German MPi-AKM-K is seen carried by Woods (Marshall Bell). It is built from a short barreled Norinco Type 56 AK with an East German side folding buttstock.

East German MPi-AKM-K - 7.62x39mm
Note the wide hooded Type 56 front sight
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Fake BG-15 Grenade Launcher

The BG-15 grenade launcher was a front loading 40mm launcher introduced during the Afghan-Russo War. It is identifiable by a thumbhole in the short pistol grip. It was later supplanted by the improved GP-30 & GP-25 launchers. The one in the film has a thumbhole in the pistol grip, however it seems like a breech-loading launcher which would mean it is not a Russian BG-15.


Chinese Type 69 RPG Launcher

The Type 69, a Chinese Version of the RPG-7, is seen in the weapons locker and two of them are carried by J.W. Woods Jr. (Marshall Bell) at the same time.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm

Heckler & Koch P2A1 flare pistol

A Heckler & Koch P2A1 flare pistol is used by Nadia (Joanna Pacula) to try to kill the Goliath (by igniting leaking flammable gases) when she is captured.

Heckler & Koch P2A1 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Nadia (Joanna Pacula) makes a grab for her HK P2A1 Flare Pistol.
Nadia (Joanna Pacula) aims her HK P2A1 Flare Pistol.

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