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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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Lane Carroll ...
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David (as W.G. McMillan)
Harold Wayne Jones ...
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Richard Liberty ...
Artie
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Dr. Watts
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Maj. Ryder
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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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All hell is about to break loose. 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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Edith Bell, who plays the lab tech., is the wife of the film's presenter Lee Hessel. See more »

Goofs

During several of the "night" shots, it is clearly day with a dark filter on the camera. At times it is possible to see the sun's reflection on objects. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Andromeda Strain (1971) See more »

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 very fine film by Romero
4 February 2000 | by (Evansville, IN) – See all my reviews

Aside from Dawn of the Dead, I feel that this little seen film is one of Romero's strongest vehicles. Indeed the two films have a great deal in common in terms of pacing, style and overall visual impact. It throws the viewer into the middle of a story with little introduction, and continues at a breakneck pace right until it's bleak conclusion. The wonderful thing about Romero's works is that he manages to take situations that might just be distantly possible and make them an absolute chaotic reality. This film is a testament to that, and may even stand as one of his more realistic and plausible stories. Performances on the part of almost all of the actors are very good, particularly the main group of focus. There are some awkward moments with David, but Judy is very good, and proves herself particularly in her final scenes. Clank is interesting to watch, and does a very good job of descending into a dangerous and confused haze. Richard Liberty's Artie is a favorite, though, due largely to a scene where he tells why he never allowed his daughter to date. He is truly creepy. Those on the military side are also very good, particularly Major Rider and Colonel Peckam. I must admit that I do have a soft spot in my heart for Richard France as Dr. Watts. He rants and relentlessly chews the scenery in a grand performance, and adds a wonderful dash of color and even more insanity to this bleak film. Romero is always interesting in his use of characters, and this film is no exception. He is constantly pushing the envelope of audience expectations by having major characters die or succumb to the madness. Nothing is safe in a Romero movie. His use of the soldiers is wonderful in the frenzied and gritty military and chase scenes. This film as a whole is gritty, unnerving and a perfect stylistic precursor to Dawn of the Dead. One of the better scare pictures of the 70s.


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