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The Plague 

When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. ... See full summary »


Mick Garris


Stephen King (book), Stephen King (teleplay)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Stu Redman
Molly Ringwald ... Frannie Goldsmith
Jamey Sheridan ... Randall Flagg
Laura San Giacomo ... Nadine Cross (credit only)
Ruby Dee ... Mother Abagail Freemantle
Ossie Davis ... Judge Richard Farris (credit only)
Miguel Ferrer ... Lloyd Henreid
Corin Nemec ... Harold Lauder
Matt Frewer ... Trashcan Man (credit only)
Adam Storke ... Larry Underwood
Ray Walston ... Glen Bateman (credit only)
Rob Lowe ... Nick Andros
Bill Fagerbakke ... Tom Cullen (credit only)
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Lucy Swann (credit only)
Peter Van Norden ... Ralph Brentner (credit only)




When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man. Written by garykmcd

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Kathy Bates: As Rae Flowers (uncredited), a radio DJ. In the book, this character was male. See more »


As officer walks through command center on his way to meet with Gen. Starkey (Ed Harris) he is wearing his hat indoors, which is against basic military protocol. See more »


[Larry has returned to New York to see his mother, who assumes he is a failure, despite his flashy car]
Alice Underwood: Don't lie. I've seen your car.
Larry Underwood: [sullenly] About forty thousand.
Alice Underwood: Jesus wept.
Larry Underwood: But the record's number 21 this week, Ma! With a bullet. Bam! The album hasn't hit the hot 100 yet, but it will. Forty thousand's nothin'. Nothin'! And I'm not gonna let them make me a one-hit wonder, either. Your son's here to stick around! I'm gonna be famous, Ma. Even better. I'm gonna be rich.
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Crazy Credits

In some TV network versions, 'The Plague' opens with a different text on a black screen of a passage from the Bible. 'Revelations 6:8; When the Lamb broke open the fourth seal, I looked and there was a pale-colored horse. It's rider's name was Death and the horse's name was Hades. They were given authority over one fourth of the earth to kill by means of war, famine, disease and wild animals.' See more »

Alternate Versions

The US DVD by Artisan contains a few uncensored scenes which were edited for the TV release. The back of this DVD lists the run time as 366 minutes but is actually 361 minutes. The US DVD released by Paramount is the edited TV version and runs 2 minutes shorter at 359 minutes. All other DVDs in other regions contain this edited TV version but run times vary only because of NTSC to PAL transfers, not because of any added or deleted scenes. See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
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8 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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