The Andromeda Strain (1971) is adapted from a Michael Crichton novel, and worth watching for Kate Reid alone. Her character of Dr. Ruth Leavitt is flipping amazing, and pretty much my number one movie scientist idol.
In the ordinary way of things, movie scientists are men. IF a woman happens to be a film scientist, the rules are that she should be young, slim and beautiful. She might occasionally don a pair of spectacles if she needs to appear particularly clever at any point, but for the rest of the movie she’ll look like a supermodel in a lab coat. It’s always been the way, and sadly still is.
What is absolutely tops about Dr Ruth is that she is a REAL person. And this way back in 1971! She has a terribly frumpy hairdo, doesn’t wear make-up, doesn’t even seem to be wearing a proper bra, has crumpled, baggy clothing and an untucked shirt, smokes, coughs, takes pills, uses her loud nasal voice to deliver withering sarcastic comments to all and sundry, and then basically saves the world with her scientific brilliance. SHE RULES SO MUCH.
She also definitely deserves her own place in the list of the coolest glasses ever seen in the movies.