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Director:
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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User Reviews:
Good Romero Movie 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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Runtime:
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 basis of the film was a script by Romero's friend and co-worker Paul McCollough entitled 'The Mad People'. McCollough gave the script to Romero with his blessing to re-write it and Romero turned out a revised version of it that was made into 'The Crazies'.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the government suits are arguing about getting a member of the Trixie team into into the town one of them demands that a plane be sent and waiting at Fort Detrick to pick up the first one to arrive. However Fort Detrick is only equipped with landing pads for helicopters. There is no on site runway so a plane landing or taking off from the actual base would impossible.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 The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heaven Help UsSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Good Romero Movie, 8 December 2004
Author: Zombie_CPA from United States

The people in a small town in PA are exposed to a virus in their drinking water from the crash of a military plane. The virus is experimental germ warfare crated by the arming that will either cause its victims to die or go insane. Shortly after the start of the movie the military invades the town and puts it onto quarantine. The job of the military is to round up the townspeople and bring them into the town school. Also, scientists are brought in to look for a cure for the virus.

You can definitely tell Romero directed it because the movie tries to focus on the people more than the situation. Romero did a great job in building the viewers sympathy for the townspeople. You can also tell this movie was created during the turmoil of Vietnam because the soldiers are portrayed as somewhat of the enemy. I say somewhat the enemy because their main duty is to quarantine the town and keep the virus from being a nationwide epidemic. As the chaos gets worse more and more townspeople get shot as apposed to being detained.

Romero seems to always deliver big on the opening scene. In The Crazies he starts you out with a very chaotic situation. It does a great job setting the tone for the film.

What this movie does well is keep the chaos going. The movie is shot with very quick scenes and jumps back and forth a lot between military and townspeople. I also thought the ending was well done.

On the negative side the drumming gets a little bit annoying after a while. Each time they cut back to the high school you get military drumming. Also, some of the acting got a little too over the top.

Overall, this is a fine movie and a must see for Romero fans. It is not as good as his first three "Dead" movies, but it is still a very solid film.

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