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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:
The film that redefined the horror genre overnight 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 film's world premiere was at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 1 October 1968 (At 8PM, admission by invitation only). The film was met with a standing ovation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before Tom tries to convince Judy to leave, his left sleeve in cleanly torn, like someone has cut it cleanly away with scissors. In subsequent shots it turns to messily torn and then intact when he leaves for the trek to the gas pump.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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Soundtrack:
Shock/StormySee more »

FAQ

Why is Barbra so catatonic throughout the film?
How does Johnny come back as a zombie?
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91 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
The film that redefined the horror genre overnight, 28 February 1999
Author: Dominic maitland (domrm@yahoo.com) from Sheffield, England

The Shining, The Exorcist and The Omen are all films that owe some of their stylistic approach to this film. This is the film that re-wrote the rules of the horror genre as it went along, whilst acting as both social critique and fond homage to 'The Birds' as well.

Romero set in place a steady breakdown of all our assumptions of the horror film, which he then utilised to full effect through the rest of this film and the two superb sequels that followed.

This is perhaps one of the greatest low budget cult movies ever made, certainly one of the most influential, and in its brutally harrowing documentary style conclusion a harsh statement on American racial attitudes. A statement which is as relevant today as it was over thirty years ago.

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