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Director:
Writers:
John A. Russo (screenplay) &
George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead! See more »
Plot:
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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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 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ... Field Reporter

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:
Norma Beardsley ... Zombie (uncredited)
Terry Gindele ... Zombie (uncredited)
Robert Harvey ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Dick Heckard ... Posseman (uncredited)
John Kirch ... Zombie (uncredited)
Roger McGovern ... Zombie (uncredited)
Tony Pantanella ... Posse Gunman (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Washington Reporter (uncredited)
John A. Russo ... Washington Military Reporter (uncredited)
Josephine Streiner ... Zombie (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... Johnny (uncredited)
Vincent D. Survinski ... Vince - Posse Gunman (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
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 Meakin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Ellen Haughey .... continuity
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 »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:R | 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 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (original DVD 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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Trivia:
The zombie hand that Tom (Keith Wayne) hacks up with a kitchen knife was made of clay and filled with chocolate syrup.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Barbara runs the car into the tree, it is already dented before the impact (see trivia).See more »
Quotes:
[Johnny holds up a cross-shaped wreath Barbara bought for their father's grave]
Johnny:Look at this thing. "We still remember"? I don't! You know, I don't even remember what the man looks like!
Barbara:Johnny, it takes you five minutes.
Johnny:Yeah, five minutes to put the wreath on the grave and six hours to drive back and forth. Mother wants to remember, so we trot two hundred miles into the country and she stays at home.
Barbara:Well, we're here, John, all right?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The House of the Devil (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shock/StormySee more »

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85 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Classic bit of low budget horror, 4 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A wave of mass murder sweeps across America as the recently dead return to life to kill and feast on their victims. A group of people board themselves up in an abandoned house to try and hold out against a small army of the undead. This is the classic low-budget horror film that is the model for recent hits such as the Evil Dead and The Blair Witch Project. George Romero stages a national disaster but reduces it to a single house for greater effect. The story focuses on the weaknesses of each of the characters in the house - their cowardice, their greedy, their stupidity etc. This makes the drama inside the house almost as palatable as the danger from outside and makes the characters more believable and important.

The undead are not huge works of special effects, nor are they anything other than lumbering beasts. But the threat they pose is well demonstrated - the film makes them feel unstoppable and relentless and makes their lingering presence more menacing and less comical than it could have been. The use of an unknown cast also makes it more realistic as none of them have any baggage. Duane Jones is the standout actor as Ben - who is not without flaws himself.

The downbeat, realistic atmosphere to the film gives it a greater sense of tension and continues right through to the very depressing conclusion. An excellent flagship for low budget horrors.

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