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The Crazies (1973)

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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:

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

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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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All hell is about to break loose. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director George A. Romero makes two cameos in the film; the first as a local being herded into the high school and the second as the head of the president of the United States seen on a monitor screen. See more »

Goofs

When the government suits are arguing about getting a member of the Trixie team into into the town one of them demands that a plane be sent and waiting at Fort Detrick to pick up the first one to arrive. However Fort Detrick is only equipped with landing pads for helicopters. There is no on site runway so a plane landing or taking off from the actual base would impossible. 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. We'll ...
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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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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pittsburgh Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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