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Dead Weight (2012)

Charlie is traveling through the wilderness to find his girlfriend, Samantha, after civilization is destroyed by widespread biological attacks. He must try to survive while dealing with other survivors and his own emotional burdens.


Adam Bartlett, John Pata
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Belknap Joe Belknap ... Charlie Russell
Mary Lindberg Mary Lindberg ... Samantha MacReady
Michelle Courvais ... Meredith
Aaron Christensen ... Thomas
Sam Lenz Sam Lenz ... Dustin
Jess Ader Jess Ader ... Drew
Matty Field Matty Field ... Bobby
Jake Martin Jake Martin ... Roy
Mark Muetzel Mark Muetzel ... Clint
Steve Herson Steve Herson ... Harrison
Cheri Sandlin Cheri Sandlin ... Ellen
Fran St. Andre Fran St. Andre ... Greg
Jason Ryf Jason Ryf ... Riley
Reva Fox Reva Fox ... Janelle
Adam Loper Adam Loper ... Bruce


Charlie Russell passes through the wilderness in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha. As Charlie's journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go. Written by Adam Bartlett and John Pata

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post apocalypse | See All (1) »


Learn To Let It Go ... Or Die Trying See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Did You Know?


In a Q&A session with the creators at Green Bay Film Festival 2013, it was revealed that the movie contains a multitude of references to Kurt Russell. See more »


Drew: It seems that most people are trying to find something... or someone.
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Crazy Credits

Stangaar, a possum/hedgehog plushy retrieved from a gas station claw machine while production was halted by a blizzard and later named the official mascot of Dead Weight, is seen with the character of Mark, and receives credit for playing himself. See more »


References The Mist (2007) See more »


No Sleep
Written and Performed by Haunted Heads
Courtesy of DOUBLEPLUSGOOD Records
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Kiosk <1
15 March 2014 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

Cheap: 1. No subtitles; really poor audio level control; poor enunciation at times by actors. 2. Another cheap production by "Ruthless Pictures" and "Head Trauma Productions" - the names should give you a "heads up". 3. How's this for an imaginative start. Smelling a gallon of milk to see if it's sour then pouring it on some cereal (close up of cereal box included in the editing), then eating the cereal. That scene alone foretells the rest of the movie. 4. Really cheap props. The viral outbreak consists of some little red circles over a map of a few cities shown on the tele. Followed later in the movie by a dead person with fake blood. Other than that - nothing. 5. 90% of the movie consists of a several people sitting and talking; walking and talking. Location sets/scenes consist of a room and a couple of farms. A couple of other people appear - whoopee! End of movie.

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Release Date:

30 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fisk, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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