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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:

A Lethal Terror Snowballs Into Hell! 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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Trivia

According to George A. Romero the only problem that ever came up with the people of Evans City, where the film was being shot, was about the filming of the final scene. In the conclusion Col. Peckem has to strip down and change clothes before being lifted off by the helicopter. Some of the locals saw the scene as it was being shot and took offense to the sight of a nude man outside. Romero said lawyers had to be called in to resolve the issue. See more »

Goofs

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

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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Soundtracks

Heaven Help Us
Composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester
Sung by Beverly Bremers
Courtesy of Sceptor Records
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Mass hysteria at its most intense
22 January 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Just in case some stubborn people are still questioning George A. Romero's talent after his 1968 milestone "Night of the Living Dead", we hereby present "The Crazies"! Once again a film stuffed with subtle criticism on society and pitch black humor. "The Crazies" immediately demands your full attention with a powerful pre-credits opening sequence and the high-excitement level is upheld throughout the entire movie. The little Pennsylvanian town of Evans City is overcome with a secret, but very lethal, government virus leaving the infected either dead or incurably insane. "Trixie" initially was developed as a chemical weapon, so not one of the scientists or army officers know how to put a stop to it when innocent people are exposed to it. The simple plot and cheap elaboration are excellently camouflaged by Romero's sharp eye for detail. Right from the start, he builds up a tense atmosphere of truly realistic mass hysteria that confuses even you – the viewer – in not knowing which characters are infected and which aren't. They could all simply be trigger-happy Pennsylvanian hillbillies for all we know! Although this film never really becomes "disturbing", there are quite a few scenes that shock and that feel strangely real. You could also state "The Crazies" was quite ahead of its time because chemical warfare is much more in the picture now than it was 30 years ago, when this film got shot. Romero's premise is simple but efficient: the malfunctioning and greed of the human race is much scarier than any fictional horror monster could ever be. Best example is the military men who become eerie and threatening in their icky white suits.


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