Charlie is traveling through the wilderness to find his girlfriend, Samantha, after civilization is destroyed by widespread biological attacks. He must try to survive while dealing with other survivors and his own emotional burdens.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Belknap ...
Charlie Russell
Mary Lindberg ...
Samantha MacReady
Sam Lenz ...
Jess Ader ...
Matty Field ...
Jake Martin ...
Mark Muetzel ...
Steve Herson ...
Cheri Sandlin ...
Fran St. Andre ...
Jason Ryf ...
Reva Fox ...
Adam Loper ...


Charlie Russell passes through the wilderness in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha. As Charlie's journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go. Written by Adam Bartlett and John Pata

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While it's never stated in the film, Charlie and the group are just outside of Beloit, WI when the post-apocalyptic narrative starts. See more »


Scott: Dude, no woman on earth likes Rush.
Charlie Russell: Fuck you man! My mom loves Rush!
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Stangaar, a possum/hedgehog plushy retrieved from a gas station claw machine while production was halted by a blizzard and later named the official mascot of Dead Weight, is seen with the character of Mark, and receives credit for playing himself. See more »


References The Thing (1982) See more »


(When It's My) Time To Go
Written by Todd Vandenburgh
Performed by Heller Mason
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Small budget indie flick that makes a big impact!
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of being able to attend the premiere screening among a small intimate crowd at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh, WI.

The movie, well, where to begin. I have nothing but love for this movie. It takes me back to when movies were not filled with huge amounts of special effects, but were great because of the story, because of the actors and their performances. This to me is what makes Dead Weight a great movie. It touches on many nerves, it hits you in the gut and in the head with it's thoughtful but truthful portrayal of a man who will do anything and everything to keep a promise to make it to his destination.

It's not a long movie, it actually feels much longer I believe because of the depth in which the story unfolds.

In the end, I was left wanting. Wanting to know more of the characters and the world that exists in Dead Weight. If you a Walking Dead fan, you know what I mean, it is as if, as soon as one episode is done, you are excited for more! Lastly, even though it only has been a couple of weeks since seeing it. I already want to see it again. Time to buy the DVD.

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