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The Crazies (1973)

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Carroll ...
Will MacMillan ...
David (as W.G. McMillan)
Harold Wayne Jones ...
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Richard Liberty ...
Artie
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Dr. Watts
Harry Spillman ...
Maj. Ryder
Will Disney ...
Dr. Brookmyre
Edith Bell ...
Lab. Technician
Bill Thunhurst ...
Brubaker (as W.L. Thunhurst Jr.)
Leland Starnes ...
Shelby
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Gen. Bowen (as A.C. MacDonald)
Robert J. McCully ...
Hawks
Robert Karlowsky ...
Sheriff Cooper
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A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan's City, Pennsylvania. Bouts of insanity in the populace are leading to murder and rioting, until the US Army turns up - and things really start going to hell. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A Lethal Terror Snowballs Into Hell! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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16 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Code Name: Trixie  »

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$275,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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According to George A. Romero the only problem that ever came up with the people of Evans City, where the film was being shot, was about the filming of the final scene. In the conclusion Col. Peckem has to strip down and change clothes before being lifted off by the helicopter. Some of the locals saw the scene as it was being shot and took offense to the sight of a nude man outside. Romero said lawyers had to be called in to resolve the issue. See more »

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The character Richard France plays is named Dr. Watts, but at one point identifies himself as Dr. Elston (and is called "Ellie" at another). Actually, he identifies himself as "Watts, Dr. Elston" for a voice check. See more »

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Army Doctor: Okay, Colonel Peckem, last test is negative. You're all clean, virus free. We can sign you out. The helicopter will be arriving in a few minutes.
Col. Peckem: Any news from Deitrich?
Army Doctor: They're sending a new man from the Trixie project to take over as Dr. Watts' replacement. He should be here in the morning. If only we knew what Watts was working on. We checked the slides he left behind in his microscope and his notes, but we can't make heads or tails out of any of it. He was onto something, we know that. ...
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Soundtracks

Heaven Help Us
Composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester
Sung by Beverly Bremers
Courtesy of Sceptor Records
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A terrific low budget paranoid thriller!
16 January 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Romero's zombie classics 'Night Of The Living Dead' and 'Dawn Of The Dead' are two of the best horror movies ever made, but they really cast a huge shadow over his career. Romero made two movies in between that are seriously overlooked, the fascinating character study of a vampire(?) 'Martin', and 'The Crazies', a paranoid thriller in a similar vein to the Dead movies. While not actually a zombie movie as such anyone who enjoys NOTLD or DOTD will find much to admire here. The budget is very low so the production values sometimes leave a bit to be desired and the acting is variable, but overall I think it's a terrific movie with some interesting echoes of both NOTLD and the Vietnam war. Will MacMillan (David) and Lane Carroll (Judy) aren't familiar to me, and neither is Lloyd Hollar who plays the Colonel in charge of the quarantine (he's very good), but cult fave Lynn Lowry ('Shivers') plays space case Kathy, her Dad (Richard Liberty) will be recognized by anybody who has seen 'Day Of The Dead', and David's 'Nam buddy Clank (Harold Wayne Jones) went on to appear in Romero's 'Knightriders'. And then there's the wonderful Richard France playing a similar character to the one he would memorably play in DOTD, an outraged scientist. 'The Crazies' pretty much flopped back in the 70s but looking at it now restored for DVD it's obviously one of Romero's best and a must for any horror buff. The commentary track by Romero and William 'Maniac' Lustig is also highly recommended as it offers lots of insights into the highs and lows of low budget film making.


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