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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.

Director:

George A. Romero

Writers:

Paul McCollough (based on a script by), George A. Romero (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Carroll Lane Carroll ... Judy
Will MacMillan ... David (as W.G. McMillan)
Harold Wayne Jones Harold Wayne Jones ... Clank
Lloyd Hollar ... Col. Peckem
Lynn Lowry ... Kathy
Richard Liberty Richard Liberty ... Artie
Richard France ... Dr. Watts
Harry Spillman ... Maj. Ryder
Will Disney ... Dr. Brookmyre
Edith Bell Edith Bell ... Lab. Technician
Bill Thunhurst Bill Thunhurst ... Brubaker (as W.L. Thunhurst Jr.)
Leland Starnes Leland Starnes ... Shelby
A.C. McDonald ... Gen. Bowen (as A.C. MacDonald)
Robert J. McCully Robert J. McCully ... Hawks
Robert Karlowsky Robert Karlowsky ... Sheriff Cooper
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Storyline

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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A Lethal Terror Snowballs Into Hell! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code Name: Trixie See more »

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Budget:

$275,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pittsburgh Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Clank is going crazy with the rifle in the woods he yells 'another goddamn bug!', ironically moments after a small fly can be seen landing on the upper corner of the camera lens. See more »

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When David pulls a gas mask partway over his face to disguise his voice and fool one of the soldiers, the words he says don't match the movements of his jaw. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Shivers (1975) See more »

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Heaven Help Us
Composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester
Sung by Beverly Bremers
Courtesy of Sceptor Records
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Unsettling in a very realistic way.
10 January 2008 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

After the success of his classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), horror master George Romero followed up with this low-budget thriller.

Airplane crashes outside of a small Pennsylvania town and unleashes a bio chemical substance that turns the locals into murderous psychotics. The government steps in, but only makes things worse... far worse.

George Romero's films have long been known for their violence, disturbing nature, and social commentary and this early film is no exception. The Crazies has exciting action wrapped all in a thought-provoking and unsettlingly believable story. There's plenty of moments of gore and a number of scenes that are quite horrific (burning preacher anyone?). Romero's direction is nicely done, providing tense atmosphere and using the rural locations of Pennyslvania well.

Cast-wise some of the performances of this film seem a bit forced, but the performers do manage to hold it together. Harold Wayne Jones, Will MacMillian, and Lloyd Hollar are the best stand-outs.

While The Crazies is often forgotten among the horror films of the 70's, it's a good film from a great director. A must for Romero fans.

*** out of ****


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