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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.


Zack Snyder


George A. Romero, James Gunn (screenplay)
427 ( 474)
1 win & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Ana
Ving Rhames ... Kenneth
Jake Weber ... Michael
Mekhi Phifer ... Andre
Ty Burrell ... Steve
Michael Kelly ... CJ
Kevin Zegers ... Terry
Michael Barry Michael Barry ... Bart
Lindy Booth ... Nicole
Jayne Eastwood ... Norma
Boyd Banks ... Tucker
Inna Korobkina ... Luda
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Glen
Kim Poirier ... Monica
Matt Frewer ... Frank


Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall and devise a plan to escape. Written by Will

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How do you kill what's already dead? See more »


Action | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The word "zombie" is never used in the film. However, the unrated, Special Edition DVD contains the word in the back-cover text describing the film's plotline. See more »


The United States has the broken lines on the inner part of the center turn lanes, since Canada has the broken line on the outside part of the center turn lanes, as an aerial shot of a 5-lane thoroughfare is depicted in a scene where a car is seeking refuge from the zombies. The Greater Milwaukee area in real life however, has no 5-lane (center turn lane) thoroughfares. See more »


[Ana is talking to Tucker at Hallowed Grounds and then looks over at Steve, who is pouring himself a cup of coffee]
Ana: Well, it's nice to see you busting your ass today.
Steve: Oh, that's sarcasm. That is awesome.
[forced laugh]
Steve: Yeah, you know, I would love to help, but a captain never works alongside his men.
[Dangles his keys in front of Ana and Tucker and then whips them, making a cracking sound as he does so]
Steve: You guys, have a good one.
[He leaves]
Ana: What a total dick.
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Crazy Credits

On the end of the credits for "The Special Newsbulletin" on the dvd you can read the following line: "...Any similarity to actual person, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental." See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical R-rated cut of the film is 100 minutes long. However, an unrated "Director's Cut" has been released on home video alongside the R-rated theatrical print timed at 110 min and contains more character development and gore. Some releases added digital blood to cover up a naked lady stepping out of a bus. See more »


All By Myself
Written by Eric Carmen & Sergei Rachmaninoff (as Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Performed by Tree Adams
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User Reviews

OK remake if you're in the mood for a brainless action picture -- but little else.
5 September 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The 2004 Dawn of the Dead is sort of a poor man's version of the 1978 original by George A. Romero, which isn't to say it doesn't deliver the goods in terms of gore, but it has little going on upstairs. It's the equivalent of choosing Paycheck over Total Recall – both films are based on short stories by late sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, but only the latter of the two movies actually amounted to anything memorable and thought-provoking.

Then again, I'm in a minority when it comes to the first Dawn – although I liked it enough to purchase the DVD, I didn't love it, and felt a lot of it was silly and not very funny at all. Many critics call it an attack on consumer America (zombies flocking to the mall = us), and while I admire the message and the obvious passion behind Romero's project, I've always admired Night of the Living Dead (1968) – the first installment in the original 'Dead Trilogy' – the best, and think its allegories about racism are even more subtle than the consumer attack in Dead (which is about as blunt as being hit over the head with a hammer).

The remake of Dead boasts a better cast but a lot of the dialogue is just as stiff as its predecessor. Also, it often stoops down to the level of sheer stupidity – for instance, when one of the film's characters, stuck in a mall surrounded by zombies, decides to make a mad dash across a street (flooded with the undead) in order to rescue a trapped…dog? This makes those 'Don't go in the basement!' moments in other horror films look like brilliant ideas.

The zombies in this re-imagining of Romero's tale are faster than the slow-walking numbskulls in the original, which begs the question: If they can run as fast as a car, how come they can't manage to outrun humans carrying heavy weapons, and can't manage to figure out how to break into a mall, when all the humans did was throw a toilet seat through a window? And how come, if they're so strong, the scrawny female heroine can manage to fend one off and shoot it on the head? And yet Ving Rhames can't manage to win a fist-fight with one? Please.

IBrains are not required for this film. At all. For that reason it is a solid 'mindless action blockbuster' – but don't expect anything substantial. You could have the IQ of a zombie and still enjoy this.

Yes, I was entertained by this movie, and that's why I recommend it as a well-made action flick, but I don't feel the need to see it again anytime soon, whereas the inferiority of this version has just made me appreciate the Romero version even more.

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,722,575, 21 March 2004

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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