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Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 19 July 1985 (USA)
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rhodes (as Joe Pilato)
Jarlath Conroy ...
McDermott
Anthony Dileo Jr. ...
Miguel (as Antonè DiLeo)
Richard Liberty ...
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Bub (as Howard Sherman)
Gary Howard Klar ...
Steel (as G. Howard Klar)
Ralph Marrero ...
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Fisher
Phillip G. Kellams ...
Miller
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Torrez
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Johnson (as Gregory Nicotero)
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Featured Zombie
William Cameron ...
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Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists' experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker. Written by Matt Puskas <s0047192@monteagle.niagara.edu>

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The Dead have waited. The day has come. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Day of the Dead  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,700,000 (USA) (21 July 1985)

Gross:

$5,804,262 (USA) (23 October 1985)
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| (Unrated Edition) | (Sci-Fi Channel) (TV)

Sound Mix:

| (Zombieing Sound System) (Japan theatrical release)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Annie Loeffler: Female Cave Zombie (shot by John). See more »

Goofs

During the first meeting underground, the orientation of the captain's rank on Rhodes' collar changes from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
McDermott: Nothing, nothing at all.
Sarah: Send again.
McDermott: I've been sending up and down the coast from Sarasota to the Everglades and still getting back the same dead air. There's nothing! There's nobody or at least nobody with a radio.
Sarah: All right then let's set down, we'll use the bullhorn.
McDermott: Set down? Wait a minute, that's not in our contract!
Sarah: It's the biggest city within 150 miles and we're going to give it every chance.
McDermott: Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Sarah: Set down, John!
John: I'll set us down. But I won't leave my ...
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien with Gundula Janowitz,
Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry, Hilde Rossel Majdan
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
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Romero's finest film to date...
15 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw DAY OF THE DEAD at a drive-in; the second half of the double bill was DAWN OF THE DEAD (which I'd seen a dozen times by then, most often at midnight showings). I was stunned. DAY OF THE DEAD was as tight and as dramatic and as frightening as anything I'd ever seen. Although I'd championed Romero's movies in the pages of magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, Fantastic Films and Fangoria for years, I was totally blown away by the savvy evinced in DAY OF THE DEAD. No more of the tell-tale amateurishness of a "regional filmmaker," no more overindulgence: this is Romero at his very best, and a great movie by any standards. For critics who espouse the virtues of DAWN OF THE DEAD over DAY OF THE DEAD, take this simple test: watch them back to back, as I did the night DAY OF THE DEAD opened. If you're still not convinced, you may be a zombie yourself...


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