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The Crazies (1973)

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Carroll ... Judy
... David (as W.G. McMillan)
Harold Wayne Jones ... Clank
... Col. Peckem
... Kathy
Richard Liberty ... Artie
... Dr. Watts
... Maj. Ryder
... Dr. Brookmyre
Edith Bell ... Lab. Technician
Bill Thunhurst ... Brubaker (as W.L. Thunhurst Jr.)
Leland Starnes ... Shelby
... Gen. Bowen (as A.C. MacDonald)
Robert J. McCully ... Hawks
Robert Karlowsky ... Sheriff Cooper
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A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan's City, Pennsylvania. Bouts of insanity in the populace are leading to murder and rioting, until the US Army turns up - and things really start going to hell. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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16 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Code Name: Trixie  »

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$275,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$150,000, 31 December 1973
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1.66 : 1
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Of the three Romero movies Richard France was in, this is the only one where he appears "in person." In There's Always Vanilla (1971) and Dawn of the Dead (1978), he's exclusively shown or heard on television. See more »

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The character Richard France plays is named Dr. Watts, but at one point identifies himself as Dr. Elston (and is called "Ellie" at another). Actually, he identifies himself as "Watts, Dr. Elston" for a voice check. See more »

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Dr. Brookmyre: You've known about this for days!
Maj. Ryder: We never thought it would happen like this.
Dr. Brookmyre: But you notified me. You must have suspected.
Maj. Ryder: Notifying you was precautionary. We never thought it was possible.
Dr. Brookmyre: That doesn't matter now. We've got to call the hospital in Unity. We need an ambulance for those two kids!
Maj. Ryder: I'm afraid I can't allow that. We're bringing in our own medical personnel with medical equipment.
Dr. Brookmyre: But this isn't the sort of thing that you consider sweeping under the rug or...
Maj. Ryder: Look, we've ...
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Soundtracks

Heaven Help Us
Composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester
Sung by Beverly Bremers
Courtesy of Sceptor Records
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Oh ! the Horror! the Horror!
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Very cheaply made film by Director George Romero about a virus, known as Trixie, that has somehow leaked out in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. The military quickly comes, assesses the situation, and then implements martial law. This is a very thought-provoking film and has some clever dialog and direction here and there. The biggest problems arise with Romero's virtually absent budget. We have a cast of amateurs, some moved on to star in other films particularly by Romero. Richard Liberty as Frankenstein in Day of the Dead being the most noteworthy. Despite not having any star power, the cast for the most part does a decent job notwithstanding. But the settings, although very "realistic," just don't create a real sense of fear for me or believability. I wonder what this film might have been with a budget double the size. If you can get past the minuscule budget, you will find an interesting film here. A film I think that has some real issues at hand even now. The things Romero does do well is create suspense based on the feelings of time being an enemy and make some scathing social commentary on the nature of war, science in war, and apocalyptic threads concerning the way rules are all thrown out when faced with doomsday.


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