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Document of the Dead (1980)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 21 June 1985 (USA)
A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

Director:

Roy Frumkes

Writer:

Roy Frumkes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Tyrrell ... Narrator (voice)
Nicole Potter ... Narrator in addendum sequences (voice)
George A. Romero ... Self (as George Romero)
Richard P. Rubinstein ... Self (as Richard Rubinstein)
Michael Gornick ... Self
Carl Augenstein Carl Augenstein ... Self
Tom Savini ... Self
Ken Foree ... Self
Scott H. Reiniger ... Self (as Scott Reiniger)
David Emge ... Self
John Amplas ... Self
Roy Frumkes ... Self
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Self (as Christine Romero)
Gahan Wilson Gahan Wilson ... Self
Steve Bissette Steve Bissette ... Self
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A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

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While editing the movie, the creators discovered that 10% of the negative from the original footage, including 66 shots, had disappeared. When the filmmakers didn't get a response from the New York school of visual arts, director Roy Frumkes resorted to contacting a psychic therapist (Nancy Orlen Weber) to see if she could help. Though she suspected most of the missing film had been maliciously destroyed, she did pick up on the fact one small roll of film had been misplaced at the Technicolor laboratory. It was not until years later a can of film resurfaced, where it had been stored under the wrong title was the film finally edited and put on the market. See more »

Quotes

Roy Frumkes: [about "Day of the dead] Is this the end?
George A. Romero: The zombies are developing, and I'm getting dumber by the minute.
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Crazy Credits

Footage from the George Romero movies Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and Dawn of the Dead is played as the closing credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally a 66 minute feature, it has since been expanded two times. First, in 1989, when an 84 minute version was released, featuring new interviews from the set of Two Evil Eyes. Then, in 2012, it was released as The Definitive Document of the Dead, with a 102 minute runtime, featuring new footage filmed through 2006. See more »

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Featured in The Dead Will Walk (2004) See more »

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For Horror fans and film buffs only...
1 April 1999 | by felixmicSee all my reviews

A great film if you fall into one of three catagories: a) Horror movie fan, b) more specifically, a George Romero fan, or c) a film student. Basically what this movie boils down to is a look into the world of horror film production. It follows the development of the movie Dawn of the Dead from pre- to post-production. Provides a fascinating look into how exactly a film is shot and put together into its final form. I had heard of this film's existence shortly after I became a rabid Romero fan, and when I bought I was expecting a great supplement to the classic film. I have to admit I was a little disappointed after first viewing. While the movie concentrates on Dawn out of all of Romero's movies, I was left wanting more.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Definitive Document of the Dead See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1989 re-edit) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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