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Director:
Writers:
John A. Russo (screenplay) &
George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1968 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead! See more »
Plot:
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
My Favorite Horror Movie See more (586 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Duane Jones ... Ben

Judith O'Dea ... Barbra
Karl Hardman ... Harry
Marilyn Eastman ... Helen
Keith Wayne ... Tom
Judith Ridley ... Judy
Kyra Schon ... Karen Cooper
Charles Craig ... Newscaster / Zombie

S. William Hinzman ... Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)

George Kosana ... Sheriff McClelland
Frank Doak ... Scientist
Bill Cardille ... Field Reporter (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)

A.C. McDonald ... Zombie / Posse Member
Samuel R. Solito ... Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci ... Washington Scientist
Lee Hartman ... Zombie / News Reporter
Jack Givens ... Zombie
Rudy Ricci ... Zombie (as R.J. Ricci)
Paula Richards ... Zombie
John Simpson ... Zombie
Herbert Summer ... Zombie
Richard Ricci ... Zombie
William Burchinal ... Zombie
Ross Harris ... Newscaster / Zombie
Al Croft ... Zombie
Jason Richards ... Zombie
Dave James ... Zombie
Sharon Carroll ... Zombie
William Mogush ... Zombie
Steve Hutsko ... Zombie / TV Cameraman Steve
Joann Michaels ... Zombie
Phillip Smith ... Zombie / Posse Member
Ella Mae Smith ... Zombie
Randy Burr ... Zombie / Posse Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeannie Anderson ... Zombie (uncredited)
Norma Beardsley ... Zombie (uncredited)
David Craig ... Frontyard Zombie (uncredited)
Terry Gindele ... Zombie (uncredited)
Robert Harvey ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Betty Ellen Haughey ... Female Zombie in Black (uncredited)
Dick Heckard ... Posseman (uncredited)
John Kirch ... Zombie (uncredited)
Roger McGovern ... Zombie (uncredited)
Tony Pantanella ... Posse Gunman (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Washington Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Rozzo ... Bathrobe Zombie / TV Station Safety Director (uncredited)

John A. Russo ... Washington Military Reporter (uncredited)
Josephine Streiner ... Zombie (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... Johnny (uncredited)
Regis Survinski ... Reporter in D.C. (wearing shades) (uncredited)
Vincent D. Survinski ... Vince - Posse Gunman (uncredited)
Bob Wolcott ... Unknown Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo) &
George A. Romero (screenplay) (as George Romero)

Produced by
Karl Hardman .... producer
Russell Streiner .... producer (as Russell W. Streiner)
 
Cinematography by
George A. Romero (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bruce Capristo .... hair styles
 
Production Management
George Kosana .... production manager
Vincent D. Survinski .... production director (as Vincent Survinski)
 
Art Department
Charles O'Dato .... props
 
Sound Department
Marshall Booth .... sound engineer
Gary Streiner .... sound engineer (as Gary R. Streiner)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Pantanella .... special effects (as Tony Pantanello)
Regis Survinski .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jacqueline Streiner .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Unitas .... lighting supervisor
S. William Hinzman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Rick Catizone .... animator: ending credits (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music: Miramax (2002 version)
Harry Bluestone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Emil Cadkin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack Cookerly .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ib Glindemann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Philip Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Geordie Hormel .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Loose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack Brunker Meakin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Seely .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Ellen Haughey .... continuity
Lorenzo P. Lampthwait .... production assistant
Jacqueline Streiner .... script coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead" - USA (video title (redubbed comic version))
"Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition" - Philippines (English title) (recut version)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2004) | Canada:14A | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) | France:16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2008) (2011) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (30th anniversary edition) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2007) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating: re-edited version) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating: 30th Anniversay Edition) (2001) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1995) (1998) (2001) (2002) (2003) (2005) (2006) | UK:X (original rating) (uncut) (1980) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) (cut) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) (uncut) | USA:Unrated (1968) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The real gravestone that Barbara (Judith O'Dea) cowers beside in the graveyard scene of the movie is that of Nicholas Kramer (1842-1917), whose remains are interred in the Evans City Cemetery in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The headlights of the truck, smashed in an earlier scene by a zombie, are intact during Ben, Judy, and Tom's attempted escape.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Barbara:They ought to make the day the time changes the first day of summer.
Johnny:What?
Barbara:Well it's eight o' clock and it's still light.
Johnny:A lot of god the extra daylight does us, you know we've still got a three hour drive back, we're not going to be home until after midnight.
Barbara:Well, if it really bugged you, Johnny, you wouldn't do it.
Johnny:You think I wanna blow Sunday on a scene like this? You know, I figure we're either going to have to move mother out here or move the grave to Pittsburgh.
Barbara:Well she can't make a trip like this.
Johnny:I know that she can't.
[reaches for the wreath in the backseat]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Through the Devil's Eyes (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Fire (JB-28)See more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
My Favorite Horror Movie, 30 May 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Barbra (Judith O'Dea) and her brother Johnny travel by car from Pittsburgh to the countryside to visit the gravestone of their father in the cemetery. Out of the blue, they are attacked by a strange man and Johnny is murdered. Barbra runs and releases the brake of Johnny's car since the keys are in his pocket, and flees to an isolated farmhouse, where she locks herself inside. Barbra is in shock and soon she finds a man, Ben (Duane Jones), who is also escaping from the inhuman creatures and he reinforces the doors, windows and openings in the house. He also finds a shotgun and a radio and they learn that the radiation from a satellite that was returning from Venus has somehow reactivated the brain of the dead.

Then they find five humans hidden in the basement: Harry Cooper (Karl Hardman), his wife Helen (Marilyn Eastman) and their daughter Karen (Kyra Schon) that is sick; and Tom (Keith Wayne) and his girlfriend Judy (Judith Ridley). Harry has an argument with Ben, since he believes that the basement is the safest place for them and Harry does not agree. Along the night, the tension between the two men grows while the house is under siege by an increasing legion of living dead.

"Night of the Living Dead" is my favorite horror movie and I do not know how many times I have watched this movie (the last times had been on 31 March 2001 and 15 January 2002). I was very young the first time I saw it and I was impressed with this movie. Today I have just seen a colorized version and despite my preference for the original black and white classic, I have nothing to say against this latest version.

"Night of the Living Dead" is the debut of the cult director George A. Romero and it is amazing the movie he made with an extremely low-budget. The story is scary and tension increases along 96 minutes running time. The conclusion is ironic and a sort of justice against the decision of Ben, who refused to stay in the basement and caused the death of the whole group. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite dos Mortos-Vivos" ("The Night of the Living Dead")

Note: On 10 August 2014, I saw this film again.

On 13 September 2015, I saw this film again.

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