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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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Goofy and amateurish 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)
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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:
According to director Umberto Lenzi, both Franco Nero and Fabio Testi were considered for the lead in the film, but the producer insisted on a Mexican leading man to appeal to Mexican audiences. Hence, the role went to Hugo Stiglitz.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: After the opening credits there is a BWC News broadcast being shown on the television. What is being said does not match the broadcasters lips, obviously lip synced.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 Dead of Night (1945)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Goofy and amateurish, 2 December 2001
Author: Jtalledo from State College, PA

You can't honestly give any excuses for this movie; it's just plain cheesy. You could say that it's just a horror movie and it shouldn't be taken seriously, but that's a lame excuse. This movie is just not good at all. From the terrible makeup fx to the hokey dialogue, there's not much of redeeming value in this movie.

The plot itself is pretty humdrum. Hordes of the dead terrorize a big city while spreading their walking-dead disease to others.

The only interesting part of this movie is how it tries to follow several groups of people and their encounters with the zombies. Among the people whose stories are followed are a military major and his wife, General and his daughter and son-in-law and last but not least, a reporter and his wife. The best sub-story is that of the reporter who witnesses the start of the mayhem firsthand and attempts to break the story of the walking dead, while people turn a deaf ear to his reports. The reporter tries to stay alive and rescue his wife from the chaos. Hugo Stiglitz is great as the reporter kicks some major butt, especially near the movie's end. The rest of the substories that the movie oscillates between are boring and pedestrian though.

The "zombies" in this movie are decidedly some of the more active ones in movie history. They run, jump and even use weapons. Some of them actually look like living humans, except they have some ghastly scare. "City of the Walking Dead" was a badly chosen title; "City of the Running, Jumping and Scampering Dead" sounds more apt. You could argue that they are far more lifelike that the people in this movie, especially the military guys, who apparently are too damn stupid to follow the advice of their superiors and shoot the zombies in the head.

The movie isn't too scary at all. There are some genuinely creepy moments, such as when the reporter's wife fumbles around in the dark in a hospital and encounters one of the walking dead. That was one of the only chilling parts of the movie. The scene where the major finds his wife is also pretty creepy, although it was predictable. For the most part, the gore was nothing that hasn't been done better in other movies, although the lively zombies did make them considerably more vicious.

The makeup was really terrible. Most of the zombies look like normal humans, except for a little blood here and there and a crazed look in their eyes. It would have been best if the filmmakers went with that look for the whole movie, as the makeup jobs usually consisted of a few cheesy cast-like extensions and mud-like molds being added to creature faces.

City of the Walking Dead is a decent movie to watch if you aren't took picky with your horror movies. It has some decent action and some novel concepts that were extremely flawed in implementation. Otherwise, stay far away from this one. Furthermore, a word of warning: you will groan at the movie?s ending.

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