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Resident Evil (1996)

Bio Hazard (original title)
The RPD are investigating strange cannibalized corpses on the outskirts of the city. The Alpha squad, Jill and Chris, are sent to locate missing team members. While there mutated dogs cause them to flee into a supposedly abandoned mansion.

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Shinji Mikami (as Mikami Shinji), Mitsuhisa Hosoki (as Hosoki Mtsuhisa) | 1 more credit »

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Kenichi Iwao (scenario) (as Iwao Kenichi), Yasuyuki Saga (background story) (as Saga Yasuyuki)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charlie Kraslavsky Charlie Kraslavsky ... Chris Redfield (live action scenes) (as Charlie)
Inezh Inezh ... Jill Valentine (live action scenes)
Greg Smith Greg Smith ... Barry Burton (live action scenes) (as Gregory)
Linda Rodriguez Linda Rodriguez ... Rebecca Chambers (live action scenes) (as Linda)
Eric Pirius Eric Pirius ... Albert Wesker (live action scenes) (as Eric)
Jason Wool Jason Wool ... Joseph Frost (live action scenes) (as Jason)
Ward Sexton Ward Sexton ... Narrator (voice) (as Ward E. Sexton)
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Storyline

The elite S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) team of the Raccoon City Police Department are investigating some strange cannibalized corpses on the outskirts of the city. On its way, the Bravo S.T.A.R.S team go missing. The Alpha squad, Jill and Chris' team, are sent to locate them. While searching, they find the crashed helicopter but are set upon by mutated dogs, causing them to flee into a supposedly abandoned mansion. Written by dreamian

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 September 1997 (Japan) See more »

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Resident Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The game was renamed from it's original Japanese title "Biohazard" because it would be almost impossible to register the name in America. Capcom's Chris Kramer points out that both a "Crappy DOS-based game" and a New York-based Punk band were both named "Biohazard" in the US. This caused the team to have a company-wide contest to rename the game. The winner was, of course, "Resident Evil". See more »

Goofs

In the Jill game-play, when Barry drops a rope for Jill to climb down, after she climbs down, the rope falls and completely disappears. However, there's no hole or trap door in the floor for the rope to disappear. The rope literally went through the floor and the game went on as if it really did go through the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Redfield: [voiceover] Alpha Team is flying around the forest zone situated in North-west Raccoon City, where we are searching for the helicopter of our compatriots, Bravo Team, who disappeared during the middle of our mission. Bizarre murder cases have recently occurred in Raccoon City. There are outlandish reports of families being attacked by a group of about ten people. Victims... were apparently eaten. Bravo Team went to the hideout of the group, and disappeared.
Jill Valentine: [voiceover] Look Chris!
Chris Redfield: [...]
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Crazy Credits

Gameplay footage of each playable character is used while the credits roll, but is only available when you play the game that ends with the mansion blowing up. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial Japanese (NTSC/J) version of Biohazard played an ending song with Japanese lyrics during the closing credits. This ending theme is exclusive to that specific version of the game and has been replaced in all subsequent versions of the game (including the Japanese Director's Cut) by an instrumental theme. See more »


Soundtracks

I Won't Let This End as a Dream
(Yume de owarasenai)
Performed by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Music by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Lyrics by Hiroshi Yasukawa
(Ending Music - Japanese Release)
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play that moonlight sonata like you MEAN it!
15 October 2004 | by jarra_baronSee all my reviews

The best ever franchise debut and perhaps the best ever selling game on the playstation. Resident Evil is plot driven - but the special forces you command (Chris or Jill) still hold character: the story holds up extremely well and the subsequent movie producers and directors should be shot or at least eaten alive by bio-infected gimp zombies for their crappy introduction to the world of raccoon city. The opening FMV's create the tension between the unexplained body count and the S.T.A.R.S team sent in to investigate: BOOM! the chopper goes down- you find a hand; a severed hand still clutching the gun in a field; something ripped it off, the magazine is still in, whatever it was it is fast...extremely fast "WAHHH!!!!!!!!" the roar of infected HOUNDS pierces the night air and you pitch a running- gun battle to an isolated mansion. Closing the double large oak doors in just enough time; your team is safe. OR ARE THEY. CHRIS/JILL/BARRY/WESKER you are unwelcome guests at the mansion of RESIDENT EVIL. The definitive SURVIVAL HORROR video game that defines the console world like the Exorcist for movies. (but this is better) Triumphant escape from the labyrinth of corridors and puzzles or a slow agonising death to befall you and your comrades: Gameotography is excellent: the realist pre rendered scenery is beautiful to behold and the bloodletting is superb. One word: please delete the movies from our minds and start the TRILOGY off with the proper introduction for it is the best.


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