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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shaun
... Liz
... Ed
... Dianne
... David
Nicola Cunningham ... Mary
... Clubber 1 (as Kier Mills)
Matt Jaynes ... Clubber 2
Gavin Ferguson ... Football Kid
... Pete
Horton Jupiter ... Homeless Man
Tim Baggaley ... The Usher
Arvind Doshi ... Nelson
... Noel
Sonnell Dadral ... Danny (as Sonell Dadral)
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Storyline

Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back. Written by Infest0125

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Bought coffee. Called Mom. Dodged zombies. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muertos de risa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,603,410 (United Kingdom), 11 April 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,330,781, 26 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,542,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,039,392
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Trivia

Almost all bit-part characters can be seen later in the film as zombies. See more »

Goofs

When Dianne throws Shaun the tennis pole, she throws it so he should catch it with the tennis ball to his left-hand side, but in the next shot he catches it so that the tennis ball is on his right-hand side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John: Last orders, please!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with the incidental Mall Muzak from Dawn of the Dead (1978). See more »

Connections

Spoofs Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretend We're Dead
(uncredited)
Performed by L7
Written by Donita Sparks
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The best rom zom com ever! A loving satire with lots of British humour.
17 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Shaun's nearing 30, stuck in a crappy sales job, and his girlfriend Liz is unhappy with the amount of time he spends with his ultra-slacker B-class drug dealer friend, Ed, at their local pub, the Winchester. When Liz dumps him, Shaun's so glum he doesn't even realise that London's been overrun with flesh-eating zombies. But somewhere within his console-happy lazy self, a hero is born.

I can't even begin to emphasise how cool this quintessentially British film is. The amount of time it takes for Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) to realise anything's wrong is priceless. Director Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the film with Pegg, also demonstrates that there's little difference between glassy eyed commuters and their undead brethren.

The plot rips along beautifully and parodies both the romantic comedy and zombie genres, while at the same time remaining true to them. Hopefully a new genre, the romzom com, has been born – incidentally, that's where you can go to find out more about the movie – romzom.com. The fabulous supporting cast includes Bill Nighy (Love Actually) as Shaun's supercilious stepfather, Penelope Wilton (Calendar Girls) as Shaun's absent-minded mum, Dylan Moran (Black Books) as Liz's snooty housemate David and Lucy Davis (The Office) as wannabe actress Diane.

Shaun of the Dead was partially inspired by the classic zombie flick, Dawn of the Dead. Its creator George Romero was reportedly so impressed with Shaun of the Dead that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are taking on cameo roles in Romero's latest instalment, Land of the Dead.

Shaun of the Dead is one of the best comedy of 2004 and a must-see for all rom zom com (romantic comedy with zombies) afficionados. ****½/***** stars.


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