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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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Taglines:

All hell is about to break loose. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code Name: Trixie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$275,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$150,000, 31 December 1973
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pittsburgh Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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At around the 53 minute mark, two jeeps cross a small stream in a field. There's a slight hitch between when the first and second jeep cross, and when the camera pans, the first jeep is much farther ahead of the second than it was before, suggesting that a section of film is missing. See more »

Quotes

David: What unit are you with? Why are you here? Why are you doing this to us?
#1 Soldier at House: Look, mister... you let me go and...
David: Talk!
#1 Soldier at House: OK! It's a quarantine. There's a virus loose in the area.
David: How'd the Army get involved?
#1 Soldier at House: How does the Army get involved in anything? I don't know.
[David forcibly restrains the solider in a choke-hold]
#1 Soldier at House: Ahh! Honest to God I don't know! It's a police action. That's what they're calling it.
David: What are your orders?
#1 Soldier at House: Round up everybody and take them to the Evans City High School. Everything ...
[...]
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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Help Us
Composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester
Sung by Beverly Bremers
Courtesy of Sceptor Records
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a movie in desperate need of MORE craziness
13 June 2003 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Like Romero's "Day of the Dead," this is another marathon of carnage and excess talk, filled with scattered themes (martial law, role of the military, bureaucracy, disease, etc.). It's high-concept stuff, granted, but the budget is low and the script is unfocused. Like the attorney general's definition of "terrorism," the effects of the virus in "The Crazies" is just as vague (abnormal behavior that varies from person to person), but the unpredictability gets tedious after a while. The reason David Cronenberg's similarly-themed "Shivers" worked so well is because the parasites had a specific function (to replace a dead organ) and side-effect (they transform people into sex maniacs), and were confined to one specific location (an apartment complex). "The Crazies" is ambitious, but the unengaging performances and heavy-handed symbolism (tattered American flags, toy soldiers stepped on by real soldiers) renders it a mediocre oddity on Romero's resume.

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