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George A. Romero (written by)
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Release Date:
7 July 1978 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Vampire for Our Age of Disbelief See more »
Plot:
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Great Revisionist Horror Movie See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
John Amplas ... Martin
Lincoln Maazel ... Cuda
Christine Forrest ... Christina
Elyane Nadeau ... Mrs. Santini

Tom Savini ... Arthur
Sara Venable ... Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton ... Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine ... Lewis (as Al Levitsky)

George A. Romero ... Father Howard
James Roy ... Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ... Father Zulemas
Robert Ogden ... Businessman
Donaldo Soviero ... Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel ... Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus ... Family
Lillian Schmaus ... Family
Frances Mazzoni ... Family
Vincent D. Survinski ... Train Porter
Tony Buba ... Drug Dealer #1
Pasquale Buba ... Drug Dealer #2
Clayton McKinnon ... Drug Dealer #3
Regis J. Survinsky ... Hobo #1
Tony Pantanella ... Hobo #2
Harvey Eger ... Man in Bathroom #1
Tom Weber ... Man in Bathroom #2
Robert Barner ... Police
Stephen Fergelic ... Police
Douglas Serene ... Cyclist #1
Jeanne Serene ... Cyclist #2
Nicholas Mastandrea ... Marine #1 (as Nick Mastandrea)
John Sozansky ... Marine #2
Ingeborg Forrest ... Mrs. Anderson
Carol McCloskey ... Mrs. Bellini
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Gornick ... Barry - Radio Talk Show Host (uncredited)
Katherine Kolbert ... Woman with baby at Ice Cream Truck (uncredited)
Robert Langer ... Cameo (uncredited)
Richard P. Rubinstein ... Richard - Housewife Victim's Husband (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
George A. Romero (written by)

Produced by
Patricia Bernesser .... associate producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer (as Richard Rubinstein)
Ray Schmaus .... associate producer
Ben Barenholtz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Donald Rubinstein 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gornick (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Douglas Serene .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael Gornick .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Tony Buba .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects
 
Stunts
Tom Savini .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Desiderio .... grip
Tom Dubensky .... assistant camera (as Tom Dubinsky)
Steve Lalich .... grip
Nicholas Mastandrea .... assistant camera (as Nick Mastandrea)
 
Editorial Department
Michael di Lauro .... post production assistant (as Michael Di Lauro)
Ed Keen .... post production assistant
 
Music Department
Jay Mandell .... music engineer
Donald Rubinstein .... music arranged by
Mike Avery .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Ellen Demos .... singer: chant vocals (uncredited)
Richard Gertz .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Steve Gorn .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Maurizio Guarini .... musician (uncredited)
Paul Johnson .... musician: vibraphone & percussions (uncredited)
Dan Kellar .... musician: violin (uncredited)
J. Michael Kelly .... musician: guitar & voices on percussion improvisations (uncredited)
Lisa Korns .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Sandy Lipsman .... singer (uncredited)
Agostino Marangolo .... musician (uncredited)
Massimo Morante .... musician (uncredited)
Hankus Netsky .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
George Olson .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Mike Pelham .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician (uncredited)
Hank Roberts .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Donald Rubinstein .... musician: vocals, piano, guitar, & voices on percussion improvisations (uncredited)
Betty Silberman .... singer (uncredited)
Claudio Simonetti .... musician (uncredited)
Mark Zamcheck .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barney C. Guttman .... financial services
Tony Pantanella .... technical assistance
Donna Siegel .... assistant to producer (as Donna Siegal)
Regis J. Survinsky .... technical assistance
Joyce Weber .... production coordinator
 

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"George A. Romero's Martin" - USA (DVD box title)
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95 min
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Trivia:
Lincoln Maazel's character was re-named Cuda because the exterior of the store that was used for the character's business was painted with the name The Cuda Co.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the very beginning of the film on the train, Martin sneaks in and attacks a woman in her cabin. At first, she has a cold cream mask on. During the struggle, it suddenly disappears without a trace.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Madahas:Things only seem to be magic. There is no real magic. There's no real magic ever.See more »
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Great Revisionist Horror Movie, 17 June 2003
Author: (howlermonkey) from United States

Sometimes it seems to me that the "users" who comment on movies here go out of their way to miss the point. The horror storyline here isn't just "vampire nonsense" nor does Romero succeed in spite of his "lowbrow intentions." The film IS a horror film, as successful in "revising" the typical vampire films as other 1970's classics like McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Point Black were in "revising" the western and gangster genres respectively. The film would hardly be as interesting if it were some kind of slick production with the usual trappings. Instead Martin is a low-key intense underplayed film that reverses the usual expectations without rejecting its genre.

I don't think Romero is somehow upholding the ideals of faith either; the religious zealot, Martin's uncle, is the least sympathetic figure in the movie, though he may be right in thinking that Martin is "nosferatu." Or his fanaticism may have created the delusion in Martin's mind, an attempt to reject the religious dogma by adopting its traditional/mythic opponent. In any case, Romero's take on faith is very complex and is as interesting in this film as his complex take on individuality and consumerism is in Dawn of the Dead.

Romero makes great use of the depressed area of Braddock Pennsylvania, the kind of down on its luck, conservative, fading neighborhood I know from my own experience. The setting is essential to the movie, but Romero doesn't overplay it. The radio talk-show angle isn't as well handled but it is interesting.

I thought this film was very impressive in its deadpan update of the vampire story and Martin is a strangely moving character. Ultimately the movie is a much more convincing dramatization of the "serial killer" figure than we get in most films now, despite the current fascination with that type. (P.S. Romero was so good in the 1970s..how did he fall to the likes of Creepshow?)

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