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The Dead Don't Die (2019)

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The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

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Jim Jarmusch

Writer:

Jim Jarmusch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Chief Cliff Robertson
Adam Driver ... Officer Ronnie Peterson
Tom Waits ... Hermit Bob
Chloë Sevigny ... Officer Mindy Morrison
Steve Buscemi ... Farmer Frank Miller
Eszter Balint ... Fern
Danny Glover ... Hank Thompson
Maya Delmont ... Stella
Taliyah Whitaker ... Olivia
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Geronimo (as Jahi Winston)
Kevin McCormick ... Guard One
Sid O'Connell ... Guard Two
Caleb Landry Jones ... Bobby Wiggins
RZA ... Dean
Larry Fessenden ... Danny Perkins
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The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

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The Road To Survival Could Be A Dead End See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dead Don't Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Fleischmanns, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,540,240, 16 June 2019

Gross USA:

$6,563,605

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,263,605
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is filled with references to George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), including an appearance of the infamous naked zombie from the original woman. Also, the three hipster teens are mistakenly believed to come from Pittsburgh, the city Romero studied and started his director career in. See more »

Goofs

When Officer Morrison decides she doesn't want to remain in the car, she opens the back door. Police cars do not have doors in the back that open from the inside. This keeps those that have been arrested from any attempts to exit the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Mindy Morrison: Is she alive?
Ronnie Peterson: No, she is undead.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 15 May 2019 (2019) See more »

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Jarmusch's Zombie flick is dead on arrival
8 June 2019 | by spriggs-leeSee all my reviews

First off I gave this movie 6/10 because the cast is great, as is the overall production value. The movie also has a plot that begins and ends (something a shocking number of movies don't have). That alone warrants 6/10 in my book.

After Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and Paterson (2016), both films I absolutely LOVE, Jarmusch seems to want to move in a less philosophical and goofier direction. Both those films are quiet, thought-provoking, and uneventful but not in a bad way.

The Dead Don't Die feels like Jarmusch trying to make an event film, as well as a statement on American sociopolitical culture today, on Hollywood today, as well as pay homage to classic zombie films. With so many characters and so much disconnect between them, as well as so little attention given to the themes, the film ultimately is... a mess. There is a meta framing device that doesn't really work too.

In trying to touch on all these things and their great complexities, Jarmusch winds up effectively analyzing none of them. Themes are lightly addressed before quickly being swept away and replaced with something else. Same could be said for the characters and subplots. There is fun to be had if you enjoy weird and offbeat movies, but this is sadly a weak outing for Jarmusch. I'd much sooner recommend other zombie comedies such as Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, and Return of the Living Dead before this one.


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