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Director:
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George A. Romero (screenplay)
Paul McCollough (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 March 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All hell is about to break loose. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Better than a lot of other low budget horror for it's time, but NO zombies See more (90 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lane Carroll ... Judy
Will MacMillan ... David (as W.G. McMillan)
Harold Wayne Jones ... Clank
Lloyd Hollar ... Col. Peckem
Lynn Lowry ... Kathy
Richard Liberty ... Artie
Richard France ... 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

A.C. McDonald ... Gen. Bowen (as A.C. MacDonald)
Robert J. McCully ... Hawks
Robert Karlowsky ... Sheriff Cooper

Ned Schmidtke ... Sgt. Tragesser
Tony Scott ... Deputy Shade
Roy Cheverie ... Army Doctor
Jack Zaharia ... Priest

Stephen Liska ... #1 Soldier at house
David Meek ... #2 Soldier at house

Roger Aaron Brown ... #3 Soldier at house (as Roger Brown)
Kim Smith
S. William Hinzman ... Crazie shooting at doctor's office (as Billy Hinzman)
Richard Lewicki ... Crazie shooting at soldiers
William C. Kennedy ... Crazie, Mr. Deary
MaLynda Parker
Walton Cook ... Fire Chief
Peg Tilbrook ... Old Lady Crazie
Vincent D. Survinski ... Fireman (as Vince Survinski)
Norman Chase ... Crazie, Frank Winson
Ross Harris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Catizone ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bonnie Hinzman ... Woman Running Out of Church (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Extra at Dance / High School Infirmary (uncredited)
Regis Survinski ... Crazie Father Burning His House (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul McCollough  screenplay
George A. Romero  screenplay

Produced by
A.C. Croft .... producer
Margaret Walsh .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Roberts 
 
Cinematography by
S. William Hinzman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero 
 
Makeup Department
Doris Dodds .... makeup artist: Miss Carroll
Gloria Natale .... makeup consultant
Bonnie Priore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
H. Cramer Riblett .... production manager
Bob Rutkowski .... production manager
Vincent D. Survinski .... production manager (as Vince Survinski)
 
Sound Department
Eric Baca .... sound technician
Rex Gleason .... sound recordist (as Rex Gleeson)
Michael Gornick .... sound technician
John Stoll .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Tony Pantanella .... special effects (as Tony Pantanello)
Regis Survinski .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Atkinson .... grip
John Fitzpatrick .... assistant camera
Robert Karlowsky .... grip
David Meek .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Joe Colazzi .... assistant to editor
Bob Rutkowski .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Stephen Metz .... musical director
 
Other crew
Edith Bell .... production coordinator
Bernard Garred .... military advisor (as Col. Bernard Garred Ret.)
Lee Hessel .... presenter
Bonnie Hinzman .... script girl
Barry J. Rosenbaum .... medical advisor (as Barry J. Rosenbaum M.D.)
 

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103 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1989) | Finland:K-18 (1985) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Sweden:18 (VHS rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
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 slight of a nude man outside. Romero said lawyers had to be called in to resolve the issue.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When talking on a field radio while working in the high school science lab, Dr. Watts talks without pressing down the "talk" button on the radio's handset. The person he's talking to wouldn't be able to hear him unless he pushed the button, yet the conversation continues.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. We'll dope it out sooner or later.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead Sea (2014)See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Better than a lot of other low budget horror for it's time, but NO zombies, 25 February 2005
Author: macabro357 from U.S.

A plane crashes near Pittsburgh carrying a bacteriological weapon called "Trixie". It gets into a nearby town's water supply causing it's citizen to go crazy, some of them homicidal maniacs. Some of the town's residents try to escape through a cordon around the town set up by the Army and shooting between the residents and soldiers (who go around wearing white contamination suits) and blood spurts ensue. That pretty much sums up the plot.

There's really no gore in this Romero film, but we do see plenty of gun battles that look cheap and amateurish. The only memorable character is Dr. Watts, played by Richard France, who's overacting is so bad that I actually liked his time on the screen. You can see he's trying real hard.

The Blue Underground anamorphic DVD looks nice and it contains a short interview with co-star Lynn Lowry who explains some of her experiences on the film as well as her failed film career. Also a decent commentary track by George Romero who wishes he could have done more with it if he had a bigger budget.

As long as one doesn't compare it to Romero's other films like the DEAD trilogy or MARTIN (1977), then it's better than most 70s low budget efforts in that cheap, charming way. I think it's worth a look.

6 out of 10

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