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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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 »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

In the opening scene, Special Effects Technician for The Crazies, Regis Survinski plays the insane father who murders his wife and torches the house. The children of Cinematographer S. William Hinzman play the terrified kids in the scene. The house was originally slated for destruction by the local fireman as a practice run and Romero got permission to film the burning of it. See more »

Goofs

It is stated repeatedly that the pathogen is a virus, but several references are made to it being a "bacteriological" weapon, as if viral infections and bacterial infections are the same thing. The female lead also takes an antibiotic that slows her response to the pathogen, but antibiotics are for bacteria and wouldn't help against a virus. 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 quarantined the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Hack Job (2011) 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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Oh ! the Horror! the Horror!
20 February 2005 | by BaronBl00dSee 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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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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Pittsburgh Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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