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28 Days Later... (2002)

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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jukka Hiltunen ...
Infected Priest
Jim's Father
Emma Hitching ...
Alexander Delamere ...
Mr. Bridges
Kim McGarrity ...
Mr. Bridges' Daughter
Megan Burns ...
Justin Hackney ...
Infected Kid


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Be Thankful For Everything, For Soon There Will Be Nothing... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exterminio  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,500,079 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,061,858, 29 June 2003, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Athletes were cast as the Infected because of how important physicality is to them. Danny Boyle felt that since athletes can do things other people can't, they would be interesting when translated into the movements of the Infected. See more »


About eleven minutes in, someone walks up a distant sidewalk. Since Jim is calling out for someone, that person would've heard Jim, or Jim would've seen him. Clearly, the person is not part of the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Activist: [the three animal activists arrive to the laboratory] Bingo.
Activist: [when seeing all of the caged apes] Fucking hell.
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Crazy Credits

Other than the Fox Searchlight logo, there are no opening credits whatsoever. The title of the movie, 28 Days Later, only appears as a descriptive subtitle. See more »


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Written by Jason Lytle
Performed by Grandaddy
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc.
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP) on behalf of V2 Music Publishing Ltd.
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the one thing
16 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The one thing that made this movie effective... well, let me back up. Ever have a nightmare where you're being stalked, or otherwise threatened, and you could die, and it's scary as hell? I mean, the absolute worst? Now, think: have you ever had a nightmare where someone you love was already dead, and you knew it, you saw it?

It's infinitely worse.

This movie recognizes that. There is some action, yes, mostly towards the end, but what makes this movie one of the scariest I've seen is its method of accessing the deepest fears in all of us -- not fear for ourselves, of our own deaths, but for others, our families and loved ones, and the utter, complete loneliness if they were to simply be gone forever. This is a post-apocalyptic movie that really drives in the impact of the idea, to devastating effect. It makes everything more engaging: the characters feel more real (though this is also due to the excellent script), the danger more immediate. But this is not a things-pop-out-and-scare-you horror movie. It's a film that will haunt you.

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