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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

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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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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16 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Code Name: Trixie  »

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Budget:

$275,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$150,000, 31 December 1973
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The budget for The Crazies was approximately $270,000 and it was Romero's first Union film but he also employed a lot of actors from Pittsburgh and non-professionals from Evans City and Zelienople. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Army Doctor: Okay, Colonel Peckem, last test is negative. You're all clean, virus free. We can sign you out. The helicopter will be arriving in a few minutes.
Col. Peckem: Any news from Deitrich?
Army Doctor: They're sending a new man from the Trixie project to take over as Dr. Watts' replacement. He should be here in the morning. If only we knew what Watts was working on. We checked the slides he left behind in his microscope and his notes, but we can't make heads or tails out of any of it. He was onto something, we know that. ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) 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 See 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.

5/10


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