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Writers:
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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A terrific low budget paranoid thriller! See more (90 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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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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The budget for The Crazies was approximately $270,000 and it was Romero's first Union film but he also employed a lot of actors from Pittsburgh and non-professionals from Evans City and Zelienople.See more »
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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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References Psycho (1960)See more »
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36 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A terrific low budget paranoid thriller!, 16 January 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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