A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting bruiser in search or the last Twinkie and a pair of sisters striving to get to an amusement park join forces in a trek across a zombie-filled America.

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Ruben Fleischer
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Complete credited cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Columbus
Woody Harrelson ... Tallahassee
Emma Stone ... Wichita
Abigail Breslin ... Little Rock
Amber Heard ... 406
Bill Murray ... Bill Murray
Derek Graf ... Clown Zombie
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Storyline

Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Survival rule #1: Cardio. See more »


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

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Patrick Swayze was offered a cameo role as a zombie before his cancer diagnosis. His scene would have parodied other Swayze movies like Ghost (1990) and Dirty Dancing (1987). Zombie cameo roles were also offered to Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Matthew McConaughey. See more »

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When Columbus first meets Tallahassee, they pull their guns on each other. When Tallahassee pulls his gun, he holds it with his left hand. In the long shot, it switches to his right hand. In the close-up, it's back in his left hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Columbus: Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is a scene between Bill Murray and Tallahassee. Tallahassee attempts to re-create a Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) scene from Caddyshack. Bill Murray then complements him by doing the scene correctly. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature 7 deleted scenes:
  • Ziploc Bags - Columbus narrates over a zombie attack scene that relates to his second rule about using Ziploc bags.
  • This Did Not Just Happen - Columbus delivers a short monologue about an anxiety attack after being attacked by a zombie.
  • Mom and Dad Would Have To Wait - Columbus narrates a scene where he explains about zombie attacks while cleaning up his room where he was attacked by one.
  • The Joke's On Them - After their car is driven away by Wichita and Little Rock, Tallahassee reveals to Columbus that he stole some ammunition without them noticing.
  • The Slow and The Weak - Wichita and Little Rock have a conversation while driving on a zombie-infested road.
  • Girls Play At Park - An additional scene where Wichita and Little Rock play at Pacific Playland before the zombies arrive.
  • You Always Think Of Something - A scene which switches back and forth between Wichita & Little Rock, who are stuck on the fairground, and Columbus and Tallahassee, who are driving to Pacific Playland.
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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Gold Guns Girls
Written by James Shaw and Emily Haines
Performed by Metric
Courtesy of Metric Music International
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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Very entertaining
1 April 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

There is some (probably requisite) violence in this zombie thriller, but it's also got humor, some nice touches in editing, and it's very entertaining. The cast is fantastic, with Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin all turning in performances perfectly tuned to the genre. The scenes with Bill Murray are all very funny, and one part in particular is absolutely hilarious, but I won't spoil it. Eisenberg channels Woody Allen at times with his shy awkwardness. Trying to do both comedy and horror is difficult, but director Ruben Fleischer really pulls it off. This is a fun movie to watch.


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USA

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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,733,155, 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$75,590,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,392,080
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2.39 : 1
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