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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 24 May 1979 (USA)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

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George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Emge ... Stephen
Ken Foree ... Peter
Scott H. Reiniger ... Roger
Gaylen Ross ... Francine
David Crawford David Crawford ... Dr. Foster
David Early David Early ... Mr. Berman
Richard France ... Scientist
Howard Smith Howard Smith ... TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich Daniel Dietrich ... Givens
Fred Baker Fred Baker ... Commander
James A. Baffico James A. Baffico ... Wooley (as Jim Baffico)
Rod Stouffer Rod Stouffer ... Young Officer on Roof
Jese Del Gre Jese Del Gre ... Old Priest
Clayton McKinnon Clayton McKinnon ... Officer in Project Apt.
John Rice ... Officer in Project Apt.
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Storyline

Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. Written by Curly Q. Link

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Taglines:

Night of the Living Dead is over. Dawn of the Dead is here. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ultimate Final Cut) | (Dario Argento's European Version) |

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (German prints)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The bit in the movie where Roger slides down between the escalators was Scott H. Reiniger's idea, Savini recalls how he and other cast and crew members did the same thing during the film's production. He does joke that you can't do that now, since all escalators have metal posts sticking up at the bottom. "You think that's because of us?" asks George. "I'd love to say that it's because of Dawn of the Dead," Savini replies. See more »

Goofs

As the Trivia Section notes, shooting of the movie was done during the Christmas Season and was suspended during the holidays to avoid the cost of re-hanging decorations. As a result, JC Penney (the store of which they keep going in and out), has a sign in the window saying "After-Christmas Sale" later in the movie. See more »

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Rico, 2nd Bandit on Apartment Rooftop: Jesus Christ, there's a thousand pigs!
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Crazy Credits

The zombies overrun the mall throughout the course of the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD of the theatrical cut released by Anchor Bay in 1999 contains some extra footage during the dock scene (in which Joe Pilato plays a police officer). This scene runs slightly longer than in the actual 126-minute theatrical version, but is not complete as seen in the "director's cut", or Cannes cut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ice Floe 9
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Composed by Pierre Arvay
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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When There's No More Room in Hell, The Dead Will Go Shopping
14 November 2007 | by Scars_RemainSee all my reviews

This movie has always been a big favorite of mine. I went through a zombie phase in high school and this is, hands down, the best zombie film ever made. With all the crap coming out today, it still stands out.

Dawn is a great satire of materialistic modern society. All of the performances are spot on, George Romero's writing and direction is flawless as usual, and the gore is brilliant. What could be better than a bunch of zombies taking over a shopping mall? That's right, nothing.

If you call yourself a horror fan and you haven't seen the original Dawn of the Dead, you need to get with the program immediately! No one messes with Romero, no one!


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