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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 »
Genre:
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:
Unsettling in a very realistic way. 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:
S. William Hinzman, the films cinematographer, cameos as the local that shoots at the fed's operation station.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 Land of the Dead (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heaven Help UsSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Unsettling in a very realistic way., 10 January 2008
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

After the success of his classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), horror master George Romero followed up with this low-budget thriller.

Airplane crashes outside of a small Pennsylvania town and unleashes a bio chemical substance that turns the locals into murderous psychotics. The government steps in, but only makes things worse... far worse.

George Romero's films have long been known for their violence, disturbing nature, and social commentary and this early film is no exception. The Crazies has exciting action wrapped all in a thought-provoking and unsettlingly believable story. There's plenty of moments of gore and a number of scenes that are quite horrific (burning preacher anyone?). Romero's direction is nicely done, providing tense atmosphere and using the rural locations of Pennyslvania well.

Cast-wise some of the performances of this film seem a bit forced, but the performers do manage to hold it together. Harold Wayne Jones, Will MacMillian, and Lloyd Hollar are the best stand-outs.

While The Crazies is often forgotten among the horror films of the 70's, it's a good film from a great director. A must for Romero fans.

*** out of ****

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