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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.



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Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall, and devise a plan to escape. Written by Will

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When the undead rise, civilization will fall. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,722,575 (USA) (19 March 2004)


$58,885,635 (USA) (28 May 2004)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When developing the script, the producers had Diane Lane in mind to play Ana. See more »


When Andre and Michael go outside to save the people in the truck, Michael shoots a Zombie when Andre's gun is empty. Michael aims at the zombie's stomach when firing, but we see the zombie getting hit in the head (which is far too high). See more »


Terry: [CJ is threatening to kill the group] He is a cop, CJ.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits we see a series of shots filmed by the survivors using a camcorder they find on Steve's boat. There are a couple of scenes of Steve and his girlfriend (still left on the camera), then the survivors finding a small boat with a still-animated zombie head in an icebox, and finally them running out of gas and landing on an island where they are attacked by zombies. There are then a series of brief almost-subliminal flashes of zombies "attacking" the camera. See more »


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Written by Mike Wengren, Dan Donegan, David Draiman (as Dave Draiman) & Fuzz (as Steve Kmak)
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Get the unrated director's cut!!!
22 November 2004 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I reviewed this film back in March 2004, and said, "Wow! I just got home from seeing dotd-2004 and can't wait to add it to my collection." Well, I just added it - the Unrated Director's Cut in widescreen edition. After watching it this weekend, I just had to add a footnote about this version of the film.


Comments from other reviewers have sometimes made reference to a lack of character development in the film. The UDC version restores this kind of content, and is one way that the UDC version improves on the theatrical release. I see better character development in this version of dotd-2004 then in the (1978) original version of Dawn.

The other improvement the UDC version makes is to restore some really excellent gore shots. If you're into that thing, of course. And if you're not - well of course you're into it - that's why you're checking out this film!

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