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A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

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Cast

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de zombies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,733,155, 4 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,590,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,391,540
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2.39 : 1
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The deleted scenes section of the DVD reveal that the close-ups of the scene, with the girls riding the drop tower, were filmed against a greenscreen. These deleted scenes also indicate the master was shot in 1.78:1 format and then cropped to 2.35:1, as boom mikes are clearly visible. See more »

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When Wichita entices Columbus with a bottle of wine, we see Columbus standing near a surface covered in picture frames and knick knacks. When the camera is on him, the vase in the back has a lid that is sitting perfectly flat. The camera switches to Wichita and then back to Columbus who then moves the lid that is now crooked. See more »

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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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For Whom the Bell Tolls
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Zombieland is a horror comedy at its best
2 October 2009 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) The entire world is hit with an apocalyptic infection that turns people into zombies once they have been bitten by an infected zombie. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a young geek who has a lot of phobias about almost everything from clowns, to bathrooms, to checking the back seat of cars. Being alone and scared of the outside world has kept him alive. His new fear is being eaten by zombies. To survive, Columbus has begun making a long list of rules to survive. Each time he gives you one of his rules, you see an example of his rule in action. He decides to go home to Columbus to see if his parents are still alive. Along the highway, he meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) a redneck zombie killer who loves Twinkies. They team up and head for Tallahassee. On the way they meet and join forces with two girls, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abagail Breslin). They may be the last surviving people on earth, and they must rely on each other to survive.

(My Comment) Zombieland is a horror comedy at its best. You usually don't see a zombie movie as a comedy, but you will like this one. Actually this isn't really a comedy; it is more a funny horror movie, because there is bloodshed in a comic situation. There is plenty of blood splattering, plenty of killing and gore, and even some nudity of a stripper zombie. The film delivers you four heroes that you can root for when the zombies come after them. You will begin to love the scenes with the rules of survival that Jesse Eisenberg explains to the audience in a background voice such as wearing your seat-belt, or the double-tap rule after you shoot a zombie make sure he is dead by shooting him in the head again. Trust me; this is not a wasted shot. Woody Harrelson's performance is terrific, as a redneck zombie killer who misses his puppy Buck, and must find a Twinkie at any cost. There is one unforgettable cameo appearance that will take place at someone's Beverly Hills mansion. I won't say his name, but it is hilarious. There is one thing that I must say about this zombie movie that is not normally in zombie movies, and that is the fact that once these zombies are infected they can run very fast. As a matter of fact that is rule number 1, be sure that you can outrun the zombies, because the overweight and slow people were caught first by the zombies. There are some pretty funny scenes, and you will laugh from beginning to end. (Columbia Pictures, Run Time 1:20, Rated R)(7/10)


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