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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

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Cast

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Mary
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Clubber 1 (as Kier Mills)
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Clubber 2
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Homeless Man
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The Usher
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Nelson
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Sonnell Dadral ...
Danny (as Sonell Dadral)
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Storyline

Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back. Written by Infest0125

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It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muertos de risa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,603,410 (United Kingdom), 11 April 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,330,781, 26 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,542,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,039,392
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In March 2011, the film was voted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra listeners as their second favorite film of all time. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) came in first place. See more »

Goofs

When Mary falls onto the pole in the back garden, she is at an angle where her feet are facing Shaun and Ed. In the next shot, her body has rotated so her feet are facing the fence to Shaun's right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John: Last orders, please!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with the incidental Mall Muzak from Dawn of the Dead (1978). See more »

Connections

References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Fizzy Legs
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Like Spaced...with zombies
3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

In a London suburbia, Shawn is almost 30 and hasn't really achieved much in his life. He comes home from his mundane job each day, and goes to the same pub (The Winchester) that he always has gone to. He shares his flat with an ex-student friend, and his lifelong slob of a friend. On top of that, his girlfriend has had enough of him. Oh.and the dead have started walking the earth!

Hot on the heels of recent remake Dawn of the Dead comes Simon 'Spaced' Pegg's black comedy zombie spoof, in which Shawn must save his friends, mum, and ex-girlfriend from the masses of lumbering dead by, erm, going to the Winchester! Unlike recent zombie-fests, these dead-ites are pretty lame, lumbering monstrosities, much like the ones from the older zombie films. This is used to simple comic effect throughout as the 'heroes' seem to have plenty of time to think about things before being attacked.

The film balances the humour excellently with a decent zombie-story, and the array of characters within are not there just for laughs, there are plenty of poignant moments scattered throughout. Issues of family, love, and friendship, along with growing older and accepting responsibility are contained within the script. Much in the way that TV series Spaced managed to play the absurd with the serious, so does this film. It is easy to compare it to a 'big screen Spaced' episode, but that doesn't sell the film enough. It is much more than that, and is the perfect homage to zombie flicks, and social satire too. Watch towards the early stages of the film to see that most of the population could be confused for zombies anyway, and as for the end scenes of the film.well.suffice to say it will keep you laughing right to the end.

With a cast pulled from many cult British shows (Dylan Moran from Black Books, Matt Lucas from Little Britain, and nearly everyone from Spaced), and an excellent appearance by Bill `Love Actually' Nighy, there isn't really anything negative I can think of in the film. Even the action is well handled, with enough gore to satisfy any fans of zombie flicks.

This is a must see film which showcases Simon Pegg's talents excellently. The only drawback is that if it catapults him to international stardom he may never get around to making that final season of Spaced!!


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