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Zombieland (2009)

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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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Ruben Fleischer
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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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A comedy that kills. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

John Carpenter was the original choice to direct. According to Producers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Carpenter was very interested in directing what was then then to be a TV pilot. However, as the project transitioned into a feature film Carpenter withdrew his interest. Although Carpenter loved the script, according to Reese, his schedule would not permit him to the time necessary to direct a full length film. See more »

Goofs

At the Garland, TX scene the male zombie coming out of the restroom has toilet paper stuck to his foot which disappears and reappears as the camera angle changes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Ghostbusters
Written and Performed by Ray Parker Jr.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Arista Records, Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group
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Very Pleasant Surprise...
28 September 2009 | by drono2See all my reviews

Just came from a sneak preview held in Baltimore and left the theater feeling very satisfied. You don't normally find a late September movie as good as "Zombieland" was. After dropping you in the action right from the start, the movie keeps coming with constant laughs and good action. There were not a lot of scares in the movie, other than the few obvious scenes where you could see one coming, but horror is not what the director was going for in this film. Laughs, however, come often and from many different directions. Jessie Eisenberg's nerdy, insecure 'Columbus' character and Woody Harrelson's redneck zombie-killing 'Tallahassee' play very well off each other and provide plenty of memorable moments. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are also solid throughout. There is also one unforgettable cameo that had most of the audience rolling in the aisles. The film has a simple, easy to follow storyline that does not provoke a lot of questions. Indeed, if you go to this movie expecting a lot of plot twists and surprises, you're going to be severely disappointed. There is however, good action, good laughs, and plenty of zombie related gore. At about 90 minutes long, it does not drag on and gets to the predictable but satisfying ending, going out in style. There will no doubt be a lot of comparisons to "Shaun of the Dead", which is nothing to be ashamed of, but this is truly a one of a kind movie experience that holds its own with any not only any zombie movie in recent memory, but with any comedy so far this year. As long as you don't go into this movie expecting too much, you'll get your money's worth. Well done.


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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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