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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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Filming Locations:

Japan

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Completely redone for the Nintendo GameCube: Resident Evil (2002), including better graphics, CG FMVs (rather than live-action), new gameplay mechanics, revised puzzles, additional explorable areas, a revised script, and new story details. The GameCube version has since been give a HD Remaster for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One: Resident Evil HD Remaster (2015). See more »

Goofs

In the underground Arklay Lab, there are a few rooms where there's a red light that would light up under an emergency. Once the triggering system is activated (an emergency situation), those red warning lights never lit up. 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 PlayStation and Saturn versions released outside of Japan (including the Director's Cut edition, which was erronously marketed as being uncensored by Capcom's US division) of the game had three of the game's FMV sequences altered from the original Japanese release. Most notable of all is the live-action opening intro, in which shots of corpses during Chris' narration is replaced by newspaper pages, the decapitated hand found by Joseph is only shown briefly and Joseph's death scene (in which he fights shoots a zombie dog in the eye before being mutilated) was shortened. In addition, Chris was originally shown lighting a cigarette during the cast's introduction (this was replaced by superimposed colored footage of early shots of Chris from the intro). The second FMV movie altered was with the encounter with the first Zombie, in which showed Kenneth's half-eaten head is drop into the floor before the zombie himself faces the player. The third and final FMV that was change was Chris' "bad" ending, which was reshot so that Chris is no longer shown smoking (SCEA reportedly forbids any "glorification" of tobacco use in their games, despite the fact that SCEI has no problem with them). Virgin's PC port is the only version in the US to contain all the FMV intact with the opening intro being shown in color (the original Japanese was in black & white). See more »

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Soundtracks

Icy Gaze
(Kôri no manazashi)
Performed by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Music by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Lyrics by Hiroshi Yasukawa
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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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