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An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead.


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Lieutenant Brian Murphy
Prince David Oseia ...
Sergeant Daniel Dembele (as Prince David Osei)
David Dontoh ...
The Chief
Ben Crowe ...
Dan Ryder - Mercenary Leader
Suicide Mercenary
Dan Morgan ...
Julia Scott-Russell ...
James' Fiancé
Drowning Woman
John Dunton-Downer ...
Lieutenant Frank Greaves
Captain Edward Roy Cottridge Parker
Mark Chapman ...
Co-Pilot Collins
Anne Davaud ...
Gaal Hama ...
Daniel's Son
Leala Tall ...
Daniel's Wife
Tolu Ajayi ...
Major Mayhem
Garard Ouadraogo ...
Lead Soldier
Josaphine Kabora ...
Dying Woman
Halimata Nikiama ...
Woman with Baby
Reine Pauline Tangolo ...
Katy Richardson ...
Murphy's Wife
Fae Ford-Brister ...
Murphy's Daughter
Sergho Dak Jean Gustaphe ...
Military Base Leader
Kerry Moallemi ...
Mother on Plane
Kian Moallemi ...
Baby on Plane
Amanda Ford ...
Woman on Plane
Alicia Reilly ...
Woman on Plane
John Reilly ...
Excecutive on Plane
Benjamin James Elliot ...
Mark Loberg ...
Michael Kuper ...
Mark Van De Banks ...
Dead Father
Lucy Harding ...
Dan Rickard ...
Dying Mercenary on Beach (as Howard Ford)
Jonathan Ford ...
Shotgun Mercenary (as Jon Ford)
Kwesi Asmah ...
The Dead - Ghana
Frank Owusu Darko ...
The Dead - Ghana
Joseph Sakey ...
The Dead - Ghana
Edward Bruce ...
The Dead - Ghana
Stephen Asare Amaning ...
The Dead - Ghana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Akingbade ...
Benjamin C. Akpa ...
Anthony Arinze ...
Genardo Campbell ...
Chamberlain Dembele ...
The Dead
Ofuya Elias ...
Daniel Gommé ...
Sergeant (as Daniel Gomme)
Baiden Kweku ...
Basil Senior ...

Directed by

Howard J. Ford
Jonathan Ford ... (co-director) (as Jon Ford)

Written by

Howard J. Ford ... ()
Jonathan Ford ... ()

Produced by

Howard J. Ford ... producer
Amir S. Moallemi ... executive producer / producer
Nader Taghan ... associate producer

Music by

Imran Ahmad

Cinematography by

Jonathan Ford ... (as Jon Ford)

Film Editing by

Howard J. Ford

Editorial Department

Russell Rowe ... colourist

Production Design by

Daniel Gommé ... (as Daniel Gomme)

Set Decoration by

Daniel Gommé ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Daniel Gommé ... (as Daniel Gomme)

Makeup Department

Max Van De Banks ... makeup artist / special makeup effects artist

Production Management

Marie Laure Babouram ... unit production manager
Fadul Wahab Dembele ... unit production manager
Barbara Tettey ... unit production manager

Art Department

Louise Abbott ... art department runner: UK
Sami Goddard ... art department runner: UK
Linda Gonzales ... art department runner

Sound Department

Antony Bayman ... adr mixer
Paul Brooker ... sound recordist
Adam Daniel ... sound mixer
Graham Daniel ... sound mixer
Peter Dobson ... additional sound
Francis Ward Lindsay ... sound designer
Terry Tu ... foley editor / foley supervisor
Andrew Wilkinson ... sound designer

Special Effects by

Dan Rickard ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Lucy Harding ... focus puller
Leke Ibadu ... gaffer

Music Department

Jeremy Biggs ... additional music effects
Paul Golding ... music scoring engineer / score mixer
Sass Hoory ... musician: percussion
Alex Teymour Housego ... musician: flute
Jally Kebba Susso ... musician: kora
Saba Tewelde ... musician: vocalist

Transportation Department

Amudu Salifu ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

Simon Bennett-Leyh ... production assistant
Lauri Blue ... publicist
Ashley Drakeford ... production assistant
Patrick Gatov ... distribution assistant
Marjolaine Gout ... distribution coordinator
Omid Moallemi ... production assistant
Shahram Moallemi ... production accountant
Sarah Rasmusson ... marketing assistant
Liz Rodriguez ... publicist
Melissa Suncin ... marketing assistant
Ellie Taplin ... production assistant: UK unit
Andrew Walton ... construction manager
Matt Wiles ... production assistant
Thomas Yardley ... production assistant


Sama Koudbi Bernard ... additional thanks: The School of Saint Bernard Orphanage
John Bridger ... the producers would like to thank
Ross Drybourgh ... the producers would like to thank
Trevor Ferguson ... the producers would like to thank
David G. Ford ... the producers would like to thank
Rita Ford ... the producers would like to thank
Manuel Hinge ... the producers would like to thank
Richard Hobbs ... the producers would like to thank
Farbod Javad ... the producers would like to thank
David Johnston ... the producers would like to thank: accept and proceed ltd
Matthew Jones ... the producers would like to thank: accept and proceed ltd
Chris Maherloughnan ... the producers would like to thank
Claire Maherloughnan ... the producers would like to thank
Carol Moallemi ... the producers would like to thank
Shahram Moallemi ... the producers would like to thank
James Page ... the producers would like to thank
Chris Pappas ... the producers would like to thank
Cherie Paternoster ... the producers would like to thank
Roberto Paternoster ... the producers would like to thank
Mehdi Pourani ... the producers would like to thank
Alicia Reilly ... the producers would like to thank
Sirus Taghan ... the producers would like to thank

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Plot Summary

Lieutenant Brian Murphy, is the sole survivor of the final plane out of Africa, which crashes somewhere off the coast of West Africa. The night before, a zombie horde attacked many villages in that area. Brian gathers supplies from the plane crash and travels by foot until he finds and fixes a broken-down truck in a village. When driving, the truck gets stuck in a pothole as zombies get closer. Daniel Dembele, a local African soldier gone AWOL in search of his son, rescues Brian from certain death. Daniel's wife had been killed in a zombie attack the previous night and a local military unit, heading north to a military base, had rescued his son. Daniel agrees to lead Brian to the nearest airport, a day's drive away, in exchange for his truck upon arrival for Daniel to use to find his son. At the airport, Brian attempts radioing for help using the air traffic tower's radio, but he receives no response. Daniel gets fuel for the truck and the two agree it would be best to stick together and attempt to travel to the military base, with Daniel hoping his son is there and Brian hoping they have a plane he can repair to fly back to the United States. They rest for a night at a village that has been converted to a survival camp by a group of local soldiers. They leave the following morning. While driving through the African plains, the truck hits a tree, breaking the vehicle. Brian and Daniel continue on foot and sleep around a fire for the night. A zombie horde attacks the group in their sleep, leaving Daniel bitten and badly wounded. They manage to shoot their way out of the attack and continue moving forward. Daniel tells Brian of a necklace he wears and that he planned to pass down to his son. Daniel succumbs to his wounds soon thereafter. Brian continues the trek alone to the northern military base. After an eventful journey through dangerous and rough terrain, Brian reaches the base, which has become a survival camp. He repairs an old radio unit in the base and broadcasts his name, managing to reach fellow American military officer Frank Greaves at a U.S. military base in Nevada. It is revealed that the epidemic has reached the United States, which is rapidly failing to hold out. When Brian asks about his family, Frank informs him that "they're gone." Zombies invade the U.S. military base, ending the radio transmission. Brian goes back outside as zombies overwhelm the gates around the camp and begin killing all the survivors. At the last moment, Daniel's son approaches Brian, seeing his father's necklace in his hand. They hold hands and turn to face the overwhelming horde that approaches them. Written by Jess Robertson

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Also Known As
  • Los muertos (Spain)
  • Мъртвите (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Мертвые (Russia)
  • Mrtvi (Serbia)
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  • 105 min
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Trivia Rob Freeman contracted malaria while acting in this film. See more »
Goofs When U.S. Air Force Engineer Brian Murphy dreams of his return home to his wife and daughter, he is wearing a white U.S. Navy service dress uniform rather than the appropriate blue U.S. Air Force service dress uniform. See more »
Movie Connections Followed by The Dead 2: India (2013). See more »
Quotes Lieutenant Brian Murphy: [being rescued from a zombie] Jesus Christ!
Sergeant Daniel Dembele: Please! No blasphemy
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