A sardonic hardware store clerk is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must retrieve the Necronomicon and battle an army of the dead so he can return home.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ash
Embeth Davidtz ... Sheila
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie ... Wiseman
Richard Grove ... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid ... Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda ... Linda
Patricia Tallman ... Possessed Witch
Ted Raimi ... Cowardly Warrior (as Theodore Raimi)
Deke Anderson ... Mini-Ash #1
Bruce Thomas ... Mini-Ash #2
Sara Shearer Sara Shearer ... Old Woman
Shiva Gordon Shiva Gordon ... Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan ... Pit Bitch
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Storyline

Ash is transported with his car to 1,300 A.D., where he is captured by Lord Arthur and turned slave with Duke Henry the Red and a couple of his men. When Ash is thrown into a pit, he defeats two monsters and wins respect of Arthur's army and vassals. The Wiseman points Ash as The Chosen One that will retrieve the Necronomicon but Ash is only interested in returning home. When he learns that the only way to return to his time is using the Necronomicon, Ash decides to travel to the unholy land of the Deadites. The Wiseman advises that he must say the words "Klaatu Barada Nikto" to safely get the evil book. However, Ash forgets the last word and an army of the dead resurrects to attack Arthur fortress and recover the Necronomicon. The battle between the living and the dead is about to start and the support of Henry the Red is the only way to help Ash and Arthur to defeat the army of darkness. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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How can you destroy an army that's already dead? See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and horror | See all certifications »

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Embeth Davidtz had such a rough time shooting the fight scenes, filming at night and wearing heavy prosthetics, that she contemplated quitting acting. In a later interview, she acknowledged the hardships she had to endure, but said that over the years, she had come to enjoy all the positive comments she got from fans of the film. See more »

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The air ramps used to launch the actors during the catapult scenes are visible. See more »

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[first lines]
[opening monologue]
Ash: My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.
Ash: [now Ash is in a flashback] Umm... Hardware aisle twelve, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
Ash: [back to monologue] I had a wonderful girlfriend Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find: ...
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Crazy Credits

Ash can be heard laughing over the beginning of the credits in the original ending. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version Merlin (Wiseman) tells Ash to drink the potion and say the words in order to get back to his own time. In the director's cut he tells him to drink six drops, (one drop for each century) this leads to the "downer" ending. See more »

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March Of The Dead
Written by Danny Elfman
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Not for the pretentious

Most people would say you can check your brain at the door before you watch this film, but I beg to differ. This is genuinely intelligent stuff here folks. The director, Sam Raimi, reminds us in this film what it is like to have fun. From the film itself, as well as the DVD featurettes, it is apparent that Mr. Raimi is having a blast doing what he does best. It shows too. Granted, there is not much in the line of plot or theme, but these would be totally gratuitous in this escapist piece. Instead, we are given a fantastic adventure, appropriately tongue-in-cheek special effects, and an ode to The Three Stooges. The facial expressions of Bruce Campbell alone make this film well worth its 80 minutes. I don't want to give away a single joke, because the experience is just too much fun. So, do yourself a favor. Watch this film without being so hard on yourself. Yes, you are allowed to laugh. There can be non-sardonic humor in modern day America. Sam Raimi proves it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Dead 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424,535, 21 February 1993

Gross USA:

$11,502,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,502,976
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Television Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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