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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lori Cardille ... Sarah

Terry Alexander ... John
Joseph Pilato ... Rhodes (as Joe Pilato)
Jarlath Conroy ... McDermott
Anthony Dileo Jr. ... Miguel (as Antonè DiLeo)
Richard Liberty ... Logan

Sherman Howard ... Bub (as Howard Sherman)
Gary Howard Klar ... Steel (as G. Howard Klar)
Ralph Marrero ... Rickles
John Amplas ... Fisher
Phillip G. Kellams ... Miller

Taso N. Stavrakis ... Torrez

Greg Nicotero ... Johnson (as Gregory Nicotero)
Don Brockett ... Featured Zombie
William Cameron ... Featured Zombie
Deborah Carter ... Featured Zombie
Winnie Flynn ... Featured Zombie

Debra Gordon ... Featured Zombie
Jeff Hogan ... Featured Zombie
Barbara Holmes ... Featured Zombie
David Kindlon ... Featured Zombie
Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Featured Zombie
'Wild Bill' Laczko ... Featured Zombie (as William Andrew Laczko)
Susan Martinelli ... Featured Zombie
Kim Maxwell ... Featured Zombie
Barbara Russell ... Featured Zombie
Gene A. Saraceni ... Featured Zombie
John D. Schwartz ... Featured Zombie (as John Schwartz)

Mark Tierno ... Featured Zombie
Mike Trcic ... Featured Zombie (as Michael Trcic)
John Vulich ... Featured Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Abeln ... Mustachioed Zombie biting Rickles' fingers off (uncredited)
Terry Adams ... 2nd Dirty Pink Collared Shirted Zombie chasing Steel (uncredited)
Al Anderson ... Mine Zombie Chasing Steel (uncredited)
Tom Ardolino ... Mine Zombie Chasing Steel (uncredited)
Vini Bancalari ... Zombie Feasting on Fisher's Dead Body (uncredited)
David Barckhoff ... Zombie (uncredited)
Gabriel Bartalos ... Camouflage Hat Zombie (uncredited)
Matt Bartlett ... Zombie in Steel's Death Scene (uncredited)
Wayne Bartley ... 2nd Soldier Zombie (uncredited)

Howard Berger ... Spinaround Cave Zombie Shot by John (uncredited)
Jim Blazer ... Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
J.R. Bookwalter ... Zombie (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... Chef Zombie (uncredited)
Geoff Burkman ... Dirty Pink Collared Shirted Zombie / Umpire Masked Zombie Eating Flesh (uncredited)

Everett Burrell ... Surgeon Zombie in Cave (uncredited)
Mary Caputo ... Flower Hat Zombie (uncredited)
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ... Elevator Zombie (uncredited)
Glenn Charbonneau ... Elevator Zombie (uncredited)
Delilah ... The 2nd Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
George Demick ... Zombie who rips Rhodes' legs apart (uncredited)
Mark Dodson ... Zombies (voice) (uncredited)
Enid Earle ... Church Hat Lady Zombie who attacks Miguel (uncredited)
Billy Elmer ... Zombie (uncredited)
Donald Farmer ... Underground Zombie (uncredited)
Paul Gagne ... Rickles' Bearded Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
David Granati ... Rhodes' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
Hermie Granati ... Rhodes' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
Joey Granati ... Rhodes' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
Rick Granati ... Rhodes' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
Bryan Gregory ... Cameo (uncredited)
Barry Gress ... Major Cooper's Corpse (uncredited)

Peter Iasillo Jr. ... Elevator zombie (Tip O'Neil zombie) (uncredited)

Gary Jones ... Zombie with Yellow Apron (uncredited)
Daniel Krell ... Zombie (uncredited)
Ed Lammi ... Zombie with Cast Arm (uncredited)
Ralph Langer ... Zombie (uncredited)
Annie Loeffler ... Female Cave Zombie Shot by John (uncredited)
Pat Logan ... Bald Mustachioed Zombie Shot by Steel in Mines (uncredited)
Bill Love ... Portly Bearded Denim Shirted Zombie Walking Out of First National Bank with Alligator (uncredited)
Kathy Love ... White Shirted Female Zombie in deserted city (uncredited)
Al Magliochetti ... Bathrobe Zombie / Sunglasses Zombie (uncredited)
Modern Man ... Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Martin ... Zombie (uncredited)
Akram Midani ... Fisherman Zombie in Mines (uncredited)
Watfa Midani ... Mine Zombie Next to Fisherman Zombie (uncredited)

Jeff Monahan ... Featured Zombie (who pulls Steel's hat off) (uncredited)
NRBQ ... Mine Zombies Chasing Steel (uncredited)

Jim O'Rear ... Attacking Zombie (uncredited)
Talmadge Pearsall ... Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
Skot Pierson ... Zombie (uncredited)
Michael 'D.O.C.' Porter ... Pompadour Hairstyled Zombie in Steel's Death Scene (uncredited)
James Rogal ... Sarah's Zombie Attacker in Dream: Hand Only (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Zombie with Scarf (uncredited)
Joe Savini ... Gaunt Mustachioed White Striped Sweatered Zombie shot by Steel in Mines (uncredited)
Joey Spampinato ... Mine Zombie Chasing Steel (uncredited)
Sputzy Sparacino ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
C.T. Steele ... Bloody Cheeked Zombie (wearing blue jean jacket & velor t-shirt) behind Fisherman Zombie (uncredited)
Mark Steensland ... Rickles' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)
Eileen Sieff Stroup ... Short Haired Female Plaid Shirted Zombie eating flesh in lab (uncredited)
Vincent D. Survinski ... Elevator Zombie (uncredited)

Michael J. Tomaso ... Zombie-Football Player - Florida (uncredited)
Roy Wetzel ... Rhodes' Zombie Attacker (uncredited)

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

Produced by
David Ball .... co-producer
Salah M. Hassanein .... executive producer
Ed Lammi .... associate producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
Original Music by
John Harrison 
Cinematography by
Michael Gornick (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
Casting by
Christine Forrest  (as Christine Forrest Romero)
Production Design by
Cletus Anderson 
Art Direction by
Bruce Alan Miller  (as Bruce Miller)
Set Decoration by
Jan Pascale 
Costume Design by
Barbara Anderson 
Makeup Department
Barry Anderson .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit
Linda Arrigoni .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit
Terri Basilone .... hair (as Terry Basilone)
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects crew
Barry Burghstaller .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects crew
Dean Gates .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit
Rick Gonzales .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist (as Jeannee Josefszyk)
David Kindlon .... special makeup effects crew
Mary Lefore .... makeup effects assistant: Florida Unit (as Mary LeFore)
Greg Nicotero .... assistant: Tom Savini (as Gregory Nicotero)
Terry Prince .... masks: zombie background
Bonnie Priore .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... special makeup effects
David E. Smith .... masks: zombie background (as David Smith)
Mike Trcic .... special makeup effects crew (as Michael Trcic)
Natalka Voslakov .... makeup artist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects crew
Michael Deak .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Zilla Clinton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Harrison .... first assistant director
Annie Loeffler .... second assistant director
Katarina Wittich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Norman Beck .... head carpenter
Nora Cline .... properties assistant
Dan Gaitens .... carpenter
Eileen Garrigan .... head scenic artist
Marty Garrigan .... set dresser (as Martin Garrigan)
Jay Hart .... assistant to the art director
Ellen Hopkins .... properties assistant
Gary Kosko .... draftsman
Gary Kosko .... set carpenter
Penny Mateer .... properties assistant
Bruce Alan Miller .... construction coordinator (as Bruce Miller)
Randy Montgomery .... assistant scenic artist
Celeste Parrendo .... painter
Michael Reid .... carpenter
Kevin Ritter .... prop master
Eliza Townsend .... properties assistant
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording (as Gary D. Alexander)
James Beshears .... sound editor (as Jim Beshears)
Tony Buba .... daily sound transferer
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor (as David Cohn)
Stuart Deutsch .... boom
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording
Trevor Jolly .... sound editor
Howard Neiman .... sound editor
Patrick O'Sullivan .... assistant sound editor
Lauren Palmer .... a.d.r. editor
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
David Pettijohn .... supervising sound editor
Larry Stensvold .... re-recording
Rick Ash .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Jones .... scenic special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Mark Mann .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Harvey Plastrik .... opticals
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte photographer (uncredited)
Taso N. Stavrakis .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bennett Beal .... electrician
Ernest R. Dickerson .... second unit camera: Florida Unit
Richard Golomb .... still photography
Susan Golomb .... still photography
John Janusek .... electrician
Barry Kessler .... grip
Simon Manses .... assistant camera
Nicholas Mastandrea .... key grip (as Nick Mastandrea)
Frank Perl .... assistant camera
Frank Prinzi .... second unit assistant camera: Florida Unit
Kurt Rimmel .... best boy
G. Frederic Roth .... gaffer
John Sider .... generator operator: Florida Unit (as John Syder)
Richard M. Sieg .... dolly grip
Nick Tallo .... grip
Casting Department
Gary Brotz .... extras casting: Florida Unit
Felice Lammi .... additional casting
Bill McNulty .... casting associate: NY
Gaylen Ross .... casting associate: NY
Holly Wagner .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pikke Allen .... wardrobe assistant
Cathy Anderson .... wardrobe assistant
Kathy Borland .... wardrobe assistant
Martha Bromelmeier .... wardrobe assistant
Candy Callery .... wardrobe assistant
Tony French .... wardrobe assistant
Dawna Gregory .... wardrobe assistant
Howard Kaplan .... assistant costume designer
Susan Kistler .... wardrobe assistant
Margaret McCubbin .... wardrobe assistant
Denise Smith .... wardrobe assistant
Eileen Sieff Stroup .... assistant costume designer (as Eileen Sieff)
Karyn Wagner .... wardrobe (as Karin Wagner)
Natalie Wilvers .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
John Stuart Bick .... editing assistant (as John Bick)
Kristine Bulakowski .... assistant editor
Steven Farkas .... editing assistant
Dan Korintus .... editing assistant
Tom San Martin .... negative matching
Arnold Shuster .... negative matching (as Arnie Shuster)
Joe Violante .... dailies (as Joseph Violante)
Bob Wolfrum .... negative matching
Location Management
Jim Brewelhide .... location manager (as Jim Bruwelheide)
Bill Dickhaut .... location manager
Bill Dickhaut .... location scout
Music Department
John Harrison .... music performer
John Sutton .... music producer
Joey Argiro .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Jim Blazer .... chorus (uncredited)
Jim Blazer .... composer: original songs (uncredited)
Jim Blazer .... lyricist: songs (uncredited)
Jim Blazer .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Jim Blazer .... scoring band (uncredited)
Rex Burke .... recordist (uncredited)
Gary Carolla .... musician: keyboard (uncredited)
Tom Cossie .... music producer (uncredited)
Tom Cossie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Delilah .... singer (uncredited)
Frank Falotico .... musician: Fairlight (uncredited)
Ray Falotico .... musician: Fairlight (uncredited)
Michael Fisher .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Don Garvin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Don Garvin .... recordist (uncredited)
Grant Geissman .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Rick Granati .... musician: Simmons percussion (uncredited)
Doug Harrison .... musician: Drum Machine (uncredited)
John Harrison .... composer: original songs (uncredited)
John Harrison .... lyricist: songs (uncredited)
John Harrison .... music producer (uncredited)
John Harrison .... musician: bass guitar & keyboards (uncredited)
Modern Man .... band accompaniment (uncredited)
Modern Man .... chorus (uncredited)
Modern Man .... music performers (uncredited)
Modern Man .... musical accompaniment (uncredited)
Modern Man .... musician (uncredited)
Modern Man .... scoring band (uncredited)
Modern Man .... vocal accompaniment (uncredited)
Mark Matteo .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Talmadge Pearsall .... chorus (uncredited)
Talmadge Pearsall .... musician: keyboard (uncredited)
Talmadge Pearsall .... scoring band (uncredited)
Bill Smith .... recordist (uncredited)
Sputzy Sparacino .... composer: original songs (uncredited)
Sputzy Sparacino .... lyricist: songs (uncredited)
Sputzy Sparacino .... musician: vocals and guitar (uncredited)
Sputzy Sparacino .... scoring band (uncredited)
John Sutton .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Tom Tornow .... musician: drums and percussion (uncredited)
Gary Wallo .... musician: Simmons percussion (uncredited)
Carl Wurtz .... musician: emulator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
P.D. Levy .... transportation coordinator
Frank A. Serrao .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jessica Abrams .... assistant auditor
Mark Arlington .... production assistant: Florida
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist
Jeffrey Barker .... production assistant
Theresa Bedekovich .... stand-in
Miranda Beeson .... assistant to producer
Bruce Bellows .... stand-in: Florida
Jim Bozsan .... production assistant
Teresa Bozsan .... production secretary
Mike Butera .... production assistant
Robert Cagney .... production assistant: Florida
Tina Carbonell .... production controller
Charles S. Carroll .... auditor
Deborah Carter .... production assistant
Leslie Chapman .... production coordinator
Thom Downing .... production assistant (as Thom S. Downing)
Richard Fick .... production assistant: Florida
Barbara Frazzini .... production assistant
Barbara Homziuk .... production secretary
Michael Johnson .... production assistant
Dan Korintus .... production assistant
William W. Laxson .... production assistant (as William Laxson)
Sonia Lopes .... production assistant: Florida
Ellen Moon .... stand-in: Florida
David Mott .... production assistant: Florida
Melanie Muroff .... production coordinator: Florida
Melanie Muroff .... secretary: Florida
Craig Myers .... production assistant: Florida
Frederick Peters .... production assistant: Florida
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Bob Scott .... production assistant: Florida
Dianna Slowey .... production assistant: Florida
Joanne Small .... script supervisor
Nancy Suzich .... production assistant
James Wetzel .... stand-in
John 'Flash' Williams .... production assistant (as John Williams)
John Wolcutt .... weapons
Laura Wortzel .... production assistant: Florida
Peter Fernandez .... cleaner: English dialog version (uncredited)
Bill Love .... alligator wrangler (uncredited)
Alexander Xavier Ponce-Bonano .... consultant (uncredited)
Barbara Ann Koehler .... special thanks
Ginger McGuire .... special thanks
Alvin Rogal .... special thanks
Lester Rosenkrantz .... special thanks
Frank Rubinstein .... special thanks
Irvin Shapiro .... special thanks
R.C. Staab .... special thanks: Pennsylvania Film Bureau
Norman Stein .... special thanks
Vincent D. Survinski .... special thanks (as Vince Survinski)
Mary Ann Volvonas .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Garber / Green (matte photography) (as Garber/Green)
  • THS (zombie background masks) (as THS, Inc.)
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George A. Romero's Day of the Dead" - USA (complete title)
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96 min | 103 min (Unrated Edition) | 87 min (TV version) (Sci-Fi Channel)
Color (Technicolor)
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Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Australia:RC (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (uncut version) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (Re-rated 2008) | Canada:R (Ontario) (cut) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (video rating) (1998) | Chile:14 (uncut DVD version) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | France:12 | Germany:(Banned) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (1997) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (theatrical and VHS version) (heavily cut)

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Cameo: [Everett Burrell (Assistant Makeup Artist]A Surgeon Zombie in the Cave.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the hands punch through the wall in the dream sequence at the beginning of the movie, the hand immediately to the left of the calendar picture gets stuck and forces its way through later than the rest.See more »
[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 seat and I'll keep the engine running. Now the first sign of trouble, I'm going up. If you ain't on board when that happens, you're likely to have a lousy afternoon.
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53 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
"Dark Days, Bright Nights", 19 September 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

The third film in George A. Romero's immensely popular "Living Dead" trilogy is by far the bleakest and most complex film the director has ever worked on. "Day of the Dead" received a lot of negative press upon its release in 1985 - people picked apart unsavory characters, OVER-acting from a no-name cast, and outlandishly gory special effects that only Tom Savini himself could be proud of.

But none of this makes it a bad experience really, does it? I don't think so. For the reason that I usually detest zombie flicks, I have worked up a fondness for the works of Romero and over the last two weeks have separately watched each film in his trilogy.

"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) virtually defined a new genre of horror movie-making and basically set the standards for the many zombie flicks that would follow in its footsteps. Next up to bat was the most praised film in the trilogy - "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) - which was more of an action film than a horror movie and was nothing short of epic. Then came "Day" in 1985, which got the tongue-lashing that I described earlier.

However those that did like it, praised the Savini effects, its complex, plot-driven characters, and satire. While "Day" is certainly a step down from "Night" and "Dawn," "Day" is more of a claustrophobic horror movie and that allows it to stand on its own as a fitting end to Romero's trilogy. It's more in sync with the tension of "Night" than it is with the adrenalin-laced action, zombie-slaughterfest that was "Dawn."

A team of civilian scientists and a loose army unit clash with each other's motives after they have taken shelter at an underground military base from the hordes of living dead that storm the surface above. The civilian scientists aren't seeking to eradicate the zombies like the soldiers are hell-bent on doing, but are instead trying to get to the bottom of what is causing them to be what they are.

In doing so, they need live zombie specimens, which are held captive in a maze of dark underground tunnels where they're corralled like cattle. We later get what is one of the most profound and moving experiences in the entire trilogy with "Day," when we see one zombie, nicknamed "Bub" by one particularly eccentric scientist, who eventually learns what it means to be "alive," so to speak.

"Day of the Dead" obviously isn't a perfect movie, but is more or less a fitting conclusion to one of the most daring film trilogies in the horror genre. It may be best to not watch "Day" thinking it'll be anything like "Dawn" just because it has military men blasting away mercilessly at the living dead. Zombie slaughter is few and far between and much of the first hour of the film is clashing dialogue between the characters.

The darkest day in the world - "Day of the Dead."


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