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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

Director:

Edgar Wright
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898 ( 165)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Pegg ... Shaun
Kate Ashfield ... Liz
Nick Frost ... Ed
Lucy Davis ... Dianne
Dylan Moran ... David
Nicola Cunningham Nicola Cunningham ... Mary
Keir Mills ... Clubber 1 (as Kier Mills)
Matt Jaynes Matt Jaynes ... Clubber 2
Gavin Ferguson Gavin Ferguson ... Football Kid
Peter Serafinowicz ... Pete
Horton Jupiter Horton Jupiter ... Homeless Man
Tim Baggaley Tim Baggaley ... The Usher
Arvind Doshi Arvind Doshi ... Nelson
Rafe Spall ... Noel
Sonnell Dadral Sonnell Dadral ... Danny (as Sonell Dadral)
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Storyline

Shaun (Simon Pegg) 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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Taglines:

In a time of crisis a hero must rise...from his sofa. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Shaun tells Liz that he's going to take her to "The place that does all the fish." When he opens the phone book, you can see that the restaurant is literally called "The Place That Does All the Fish". See more »

Goofs

When Shaun goes to Liz's flat to patch things up with her after not booking the restaurant, he says he doesn't need cigarettes, and throws his pack of Embassy into the bin. Later, at the end of the film, Liz offers Shaun a cigarette from the same pack she took from the bin because she was desperate, yet the pack is now Marlboro Lights. 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

Referenced in The Undead from Space (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Meltdown
Written by Tim Wheeler (as Wheeler) and Charlotte Hatherley (as Hatherley)
Performed by Ash
Courtesy of Infectious Records and Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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Like Spaced...with zombies
3 April 2004 | by meako1973See all my reviews

In a London suburbia, Shawn is almost 30 and hasn't really achieved much in his life. He comes home from his mundane job each day, and goes to the same pub (The Winchester) that he always has gone to. He shares his flat with an ex-student friend, and his lifelong slob of a friend. On top of that, his girlfriend has had enough of him. Oh.and the dead have started walking the earth!

Hot on the heels of recent remake Dawn of the Dead comes Simon 'Spaced' Pegg's black comedy zombie spoof, in which Shawn must save his friends, mum, and ex-girlfriend from the masses of lumbering dead by, erm, going to the Winchester! Unlike recent zombie-fests, these dead-ites are pretty lame, lumbering monstrosities, much like the ones from the older zombie films. This is used to simple comic effect throughout as the 'heroes' seem to have plenty of time to think about things before being attacked.

The film balances the humour excellently with a decent zombie-story, and the array of characters within are not there just for laughs, there are plenty of poignant moments scattered throughout. Issues of family, love, and friendship, along with growing older and accepting responsibility are contained within the script. Much in the way that TV series Spaced managed to play the absurd with the serious, so does this film. It is easy to compare it to a 'big screen Spaced' episode, but that doesn't sell the film enough. It is much more than that, and is the perfect homage to zombie flicks, and social satire too. Watch towards the early stages of the film to see that most of the population could be confused for zombies anyway, and as for the end scenes of the film.well.suffice to say it will keep you laughing right to the end.

With a cast pulled from many cult British shows (Dylan Moran from Black Books, Matt Lucas from Little Britain, and nearly everyone from Spaced), and an excellent appearance by Bill `Love Actually' Nighy, there isn't really anything negative I can think of in the film. Even the action is well handled, with enough gore to satisfy any fans of zombie flicks.

This is a must see film which showcases Simon Pegg's talents excellently. The only drawback is that if it catapults him to international stardom he may never get around to making that final season of Spaced!!


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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaun of the Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,300,000, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$13,542,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,097,092
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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