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Martin (1977)

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director:

George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Amplas ... Martin
Lincoln Maazel Lincoln Maazel ... Cuda
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Christina
Elyane Nadeau Elyane Nadeau ... Mrs. Santini
Tom Savini ... Arthur
Sara Venable ... Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton Francine Middleton ... Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine Roger Caine ... Lewis (as Al Levitsky)
George A. Romero ... Father Howard
James Roy James Roy ... Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ... Father Zulemas
Robert Ogden Robert Ogden ... Businessman
Donaldo Soviero Donaldo Soviero ... Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel Donna Siegel ... Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus Albert J. Schmaus ... Family
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Storyline

George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburgh to stay with his cousin, who promises to save Martin's soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A Vampire for Our Age of Disbelief See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

The films setting of Braddock, Pennsylvania is indeed a real city outside of Pittsburgh. Local neighborhoods served as filming locations for the film and many locals appear as extras. The cops used for the shootout scene were actual Braddock policemen. See more »

Goofs

During the marching band scene, two men on the sidewalk dodge out of frame, one holding a boom mic. See more »

Quotes

Christina: If you need anything, just call me. I'll come, I'll send you the money.
Martin Madahas: No, you'll forget about me.
Christina: No, I won't. Why do you think I'll forget?
Martin Madahas: Because you're going away. People always go away so they can forget where they were.
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Alternate Versions

European version is completely re-edited. Martin's flashbacks are placed at the beginning so that the story is chronologically linear. See more »

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One of the most underrated movies of all time!
3 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

George A. Romero will always be associated with his innovative and spectacular zombie trilogy ('Night Of The Living Dead', 'Dawn Of The Dead' and 'Day Of The Dead', all classics). Dig deeper and you will find he has made several less discussed but worthy movies, including this one, quite possibly the best movie he has ever made.

'Martin' manages to be both a disturbing psychological drama and a genuine horror movie at the same time. It is complex and mult-layered enough to be read in more than one way. It's up to you, the viewer, to decide whether Martin (John Amplas, in an impressive debut) really is the vampire he claims to be or is simply deluded. It's a pity that this movie slips through the cracks. Hard core horror nuts often undervalue it because it isn't what they expect from the genre, and movie buffs who can appreciate downbeat 70s classics like Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', and Toback's 'Fingers', will dismiss it as "just another horror movie", not realizing just how much it has in common with the aforementioned. Too bad. 'Martin' is a real gem, and highly recommended. I think it's absolutely brilliant, and a classic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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