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Incubo sulla città contaminata
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Release Date:
18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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The Nightmare Becomes Reality See more »
Plot:
An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The best of the best!! spectacularly entertaining and surprisingly original. See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hugo Stiglitz ... Dean
Laura Trotter ... Anna
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Sheila
Francisco Rabal ... Holmes
Sonia Viviani ... Cindy
Eduardo Fajardo ... Kramer
Stefania D'Amario ... Jessica
Ugo Bologna ... Desmond
Sara Franchetti ... Liz
Manuel Zarzo ... Donahue
Tom Felleghy ... Reedman
Pierangelo Civera ... Bob
Achille Belletti ... Tech

Mel Ferrer ... Murchison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Davidson (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Agustín Bescos ... Elevator (uncredited)
Frank Clement ... Aide (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Desmond (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Zombie (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Zombie (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Dean (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marvin Drake ... Pilot / Reedman (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Alejandro de Enciso ... Captain (uncredited)
Umberto Lenzi ... Reporter (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Director (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fiamma Maglione ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Holmes (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carmen Martínez Sierra ... Elevator (uncredited)

Antonio Mayans ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Zombie (uncredited)
Edmund Purdom ... Zombie in Elevator Room (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Reporter (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Silvana Scandariato ... Station (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Cameraman / Elevator (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Controller (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Anna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Sergio Testori ... Soldier (uncredited)
José Yepes ... Controller (uncredited)
Rinaldo Zamperla ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonio Cesare Corti 
Luis María Delgado 
Piero Regnoli 

Produced by
Diego Alchimede .... producer
Luis Méndez .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Hans Burmann 
 
Film Editing by
Daniele Alabiso 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Molli 
 
Costume Design by
Silvana Scandariato 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist (as Maria Teresa Garrera)
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist (as Franco de Girolami)
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rodolfo Martello .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Riccardo Petrazzi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Wolfgang Burmann .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Raul Montesanti .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Franco Di Girolamo .... special effects
Giuseppe Ferranti .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giulio Battiferri .... camera operator
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Alfio Quattrini .... still photographer: action stills
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonella Maziotti .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Brigida Mastrolillo .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Antonio Corridori .... set technician
Christian Hansen .... assistant to director
Tonino Pinto .... unit publicist
María Isabel Pérez .... continuity
Martín Sacristán .... assistant to director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Incubo sulla città contaminata" - Italy (original title)
"City of the Walking Dead" - USA (dubbed version)
"Invasion by the Atomic Zombies" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
92 min | USA:88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (uncut) (2008) | Spain:18 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (cut) | USA:R (cut) | USA:Not Rated (uncut)

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Trivia:
Remake of Umberto Lenzi's original will be released 2016 Directed by Tom SaviniSee more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the dance scenes at the TV station they show no more than four female dancers, but if you keep count during the attack, a total of five woman are killed.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Anna Miller:I'm tired. Really tired. And I'm frightened. We'll never get away from these... these monsters. What are we going to do?
Dean Miller:Alright. Nothing is going to happen as long as we stay together I promise you. What we've got to do now is get away from here as fast as we can.
Dr. Anna Miller:Let go of me. Why don't you face it. There's no place for us to go. They're we too will be killed. I don't want us to die I don't want us to but there's nothing we can do. They're everywhere...
Dean Miller:[Dean slaps his wife and then kisses her] Stop it...
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Movie Connections:
References Zombie (1979)See more »

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What are the differences between the British Pre-Cert VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The best of the best!! spectacularly entertaining and surprisingly original., 20 May 2009
Author: amazing_sincodek from United States

disclaimer: obviously, if you don't have a pre-existing love for zero-budget Italian horror, this won't be your cup of tea.

But if you do! My, what a treat! I overlooked this film for years because I confused it with "City of the Living Dead." I otherwise exhausted the genre's offerings. When I realized I hadn't seen this one, I was very excited, but I didn't expect much. I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Ugh, I'm no good at paragraph format.

The Pros: 1. The title, "City of the Walking Dead," is appropriate. This really is a city-wide infestation. This is not a board-up-the-windows movie. The scale is epic. So often, low budget zombie films restrict themselves to a few characters on a farm or something to save money. This one doesn't. I can't imagine how he was able to use some of the locations. (Actually, I suppose the title isn't quite appropriate, because the antagonists are neither walking nor dead. They run, and they're sort of still alive.)

2. Breasts are present.

3. I usually don't like zombies that deviate from Romero's mold, but Lenzi takes a risk and scores. These creatures combine the hypnotic element of Romero's zombies with the overwhelming danger of running zombies. According to an interview on the DVD, Lenzi did not want to just do another Romero rip-off, and insisted on coming up with his own sort of creature. He did it well.

4. For the first 2/3 of the film, the characters are sufficiently believable for the viewer to care about them. For example, a reporter finds himself in the middle of the zombie outbreak, and desperately tries to get a hold of his wife, a doctor, who can't be reached because she's in surgery. This is a realistic, human element absent from most films in the genre.

Cons:

1. 2/3 of the way through, it kind of falls apart. The characters who haven't died reveal themselves to be one dimensional after all.

2. The special effects are really inconsistent. Sometimes killings are mimed bloodlessly. In other scenes, heads explode.

3. The soldiers are pathetic.

In short, highly recommended.

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