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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Horror | 24 May 1979 (USA)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

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Daniel Dietrich ...
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James A. Baffico ...
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Storyline

Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. Written by Curly Q. Link

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George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest, Dawn of the Dead, is back. See more »


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Release Date:

24 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Stephen tells Fran to meet up on the roof of WGON at 9:00pm because they are going to run. They meet Peter and Roger at the police dock in order to refuel. As the chopper takes off, we see a large office building in the background. In the lower right-hand side of the screen is a digital clock, the type one would find outside a business to inform people the time and temperature. It reads 6:00. See more »

Quotes

Stephen: We're still pretty close to Johnstown. Those rednecks are probably enjoying this whole thing.
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Crazy Credits

The zombies overrun the mall throughout the course of the end credits. See more »

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When There's No More Room in Hell, The Dead Will Go Shopping
14 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie has always been a big favorite of mine. I went through a zombie phase in high school and this is, hands down, the best zombie film ever made. With all the crap coming out today, it still stands out.

Dawn is a great satire of materialistic modern society. All of the performances are spot on, George Romero's writing and direction is flawless as usual, and the gore is brilliant. What could be better than a bunch of zombies taking over a shopping mall? That's right, nothing.

If you call yourself a horror fan and you haven't seen the original Dawn of the Dead, you need to get with the program immediately! No one messes with Romero, no one!


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