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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.


Jim Jarmusch


Jim Jarmusch
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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 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


As the warm, bright sun refuses to set, and a series of equally perplexing events start to take place, the world, and the blissfully unsuspecting residents of the sleepy town of Centerville, are about to face the effects of corporate greed. Then, as the stone-faced police officers, Chief Cliff Robertson and Officer Ronnie Peterson, stop for doughnuts and coffee at the town's diner, unusual activity in the moon-lit cemetery and a blood-soaked scene of carnage could only mean one thing: this is the work of flesh-eating zombies. Before long, Officer Mindy Morrison and the glacially beautiful, katana-wielding undertaker, Zelda Winston, join the team of defenders, as hordes of relentless, ravenous undead swarm into the once-peaceful town craving meat. More and more, humans are at risk of becoming an endangered species. What happens when the dead just don't want to die? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Greatest Zombie Cast Ever Disassembled See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


According to Jim Jarmusch, Iggy Pop asked him prior to shooting what the backstory for his zombie character was and Jarmusch explained he and his girlfriend were killed on his motorcycle in 1973 after leaving a Blue Öyster Cult concert. Iggy Pop actually performed with Blue Öyster Cult and Kiss in 1973. See more »


Obvious day for night in the final cemetery scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Officer Ronnie Peterson: Yuck.
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Crazy Credits

The Focus Features logo is seen glitching once at the start of the movie. See more »


References Halloween (1978) See more »


The Dead Don't Die
Composed & Performed by Sturgill Simpson
Courtesy of Low Country Sound/Elektra Records
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User Reviews

Deadest Horse-Beating-est Movie of All Time
17 June 2019 | by johndoe_13See all my reviews

I hate this movie. I saw it for free and still want my money back. It is an absolutely pointless, meandering vanity project that attempts to trick you into thinking it's cleverer than it is. According to the director himself, it was designed to be a dumb movie comprised of dumb bits as a way to make money hanging out with his friends. And what's worse is that the trailer tricks you into thinking it is an entirely different movie - the worst kind of lie you can tell in an effort to lure people away from their hard-earned money and precious time.

There is literally no point to anything that happens; Jarmusch has no sense of pace or urgency or meaning. And in my opinion, art for the sake of itself alone is condescending towards your audience. I normally like his work, along with all of the actors, the subject matter and tone - this should have been right in my wheelhouse. But I left feeling like the director had a contemptuous view of the people watching his film (in EVERY regard) and that just doesn't sit well with me. Not everything has to matter in a movie, but SOMETHING should.

Ultimately, it felt like a third-rate SNL skit that was allowed to drag on for two hours.

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Release Date:

14 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Fleischmanns, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,540,240, 16 June 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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