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George A. Romero (written by)
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Release Date:
7 July 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Unflinchingly original. See more (76 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 Mandel .... music engineer (as Jay Mandell)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George A. Romero's Martin" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
During a screening and interview at USC, director George Romero related that the MPAA objected to a shot of Martin slicing someone's arm open with a razor blade. The entire shot would've earned the film the notorious "X" rating, and so he had to trim it by several seconds. The length of the shot, not the subject matter, was objectionable.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the beginning of the film, Martin breaks into a woman's train cabin and attacks her. At first, she has a cold cream mask on. During the struggle, it suddenly disappears without a trace.See more »
Quotes:
Tada Cuda:You may come and go, but you will not take people from the city. If I hear of it, a single time, I will destroy you without salvation.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Unflinchingly original., 3 May 2002
Author: sibisi73 from United Kingdom

Between seminal 'zombie' flicks "Night of the Living Dead", and the follow-up, "Dawn of the Dead", George A. Romero created two of the most overlooked horror movies, not only of the 1970's, but maybe of all time. Four years after the socio-political horror of "The Crazies", he returned with "Martin", a vampire film like no other before or since.

Romero's intelligent movie turns on its head all the things associated with the genre, and presents us with a modern day story of addiction, sexuality, and obsession. Martin is your average gawky teenager, a little boy lost in a chaotic world, with an insatiable appetite for human blood. But, where previously that vampiric bloodlust is a sign of great sexual prowess, and overpowering self-importance, here it is a curse. Martin's world is one of unfulfilled desire and confusion. He is ostracised from family, with few friends - his only confidante is the faceless radio talkshow host - and our sympathies are with him throughout. His attacks are fuelled not by pleasure, but more by a fruitless search for intimacy with his victims, who aren't picked off indiscriminately by uncontrollable urges, but rather chosen. When he finally finds 'the sex thing', his need for blood is overcome. Although gruesome and calculated, his attacks aren't excessively violent, and the opening scene is perfectly written to repulse and reprieve in equal measure. What initially appears to be a brutal rape, is twisted by Romero into an almost tender love scene between attacker and victim.

With brilliant use of locations, and nondescript atmosphere, "Martin" is a horror movie that both disturbs and intrigues. The performances are erratic, and Maazel is way too OTT, spouting "Nosferatu!!" all histrionics and melodrama. But Amplas, as Martin, is genuinely affecting, and steeped in pathos. Unflinchingly original, a horror movie with gore, but plenty of brains to go with it.

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