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George A. Romero (screenplay)
Paul McCollough (screenplay)
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16 March 1973 (USA) See more »
All hell is about to break loose. See more »
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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  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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No Hollywood stunt men were used in The Crazies. Local firemen and licensed fireworks professionals handled all of the action sequences, including the creation and employment of blood squibs.See more »
Factual errors: It is stated repeatedly that the pathogen is a virus, but several references are made to it being a "bacteriological" weapon, as if viral infections and bacterial infections are the same thing. The female lead also takes an antibiotic that slows her response to the pathogen, but antibiotics are for bacteria and wouldn't help against a virus.See more »
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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22 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
a movie in desperate need of MORE craziness, 13 June 2003
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

Like Romero's "Day of the Dead," this is another marathon of carnage and excess talk, filled with scattered themes (martial law, role of the military, bureaucracy, disease, etc.). It's high-concept stuff, granted, but the budget is low and the script is unfocused. Like the attorney general's definition of "terrorism," the effects of the virus in "The Crazies" is just as vague (abnormal behavior that varies from person to person), but the unpredictability gets tedious after a while. The reason David Cronenberg's similarly-themed "Shivers" worked so well is because the parasites had a specific function (to replace a dead organ) and side-effect (they transform people into sex maniacs), and were confined to one specific location (an apartment complex). "The Crazies" is ambitious, but the unengaging performances and heavy-handed symbolism (tattered American flags, toy soldiers stepped on by real soldiers) renders it a mediocre oddity on Romero's resume.


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