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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 -  Horror  -  24 May 1979 (USA)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Emge ...
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Gaylen Ross ...
David Crawford ...
Dr. Foster
David Early ...
Mr. Berman
Richard France ...
Scientist
Howard Smith ...
TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich ...
Fred Baker ...
Commander
James A. Baffico ...
Wooley (as Jim Baffico)
Rod Stouffer ...
Young Officer on Roof
Jese Del Gre ...
Old Priest
Clayton McKinnon ...
Officer in Project Apt.
John Rice ...
Officer in Project Apt.
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In this first sequel of "Night of the Living Dead," four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amid the armies of the dead and a vicious gang of militant bikers. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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In 1968, George Romero brought us "Night of the Living Dead." It became the classic horror film of its time. Now, George Romero brings us the most intensely shocking motion picture experience for all time. See more »

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Horror

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Release Date:

24 May 1979 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead  »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The biker invasion was shot over two nights. See more »

Goofs

When the heroes are driving a car through the mall there's a part where a zombie gets rammed and falls back. If you watch closely the first shot of the car approaching the zombie shows it traveling at around 40 mph, in the next shot where it actually "hits" the zombie it's now obviously doing only around 10mph and even nearly comes to a complete stop before cutting to the next shot whereupon it's going at 40 mph again down the mall. See more »

Quotes

[looking at the approaching bikers]
Peter: Just three of them, huh?
Stephen: Holy shit!
Peter: They'll get in. They'll move the trucks.
Stephen: There's hundreds of those creatures down there.
Peter: Come on, man, that's a professional army. Looks like they've been surviving on the road all through this thing. Well, let's not make it easy for them.
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The zombies overrun the mall throughout the course of the end credits. See more »

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Ragtime Razzamatazz
(Mall Montage Scene) (uncredited)
Composed by Herbert Chappell
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
Mall Montage Scene
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Zombie mayhem reigns supreme!
1 February 1999 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

If only every horror movie was made with such determination as this one. A zombie classic, Dawn of the Dead succeeds in every aspect. It has enough violence and gore to gratify any horror fan, and then some! The weird thing is that the gore in this movie isn't unnecessary, it suits the purpose. In this sequel to the classic Night of the Living Dead, the zombies have taken over the land and have spread to immense numbers. A group of people escape the carnage in a helicopter, and take refuge in a huge mall where they can live off the supplies inside for years. They have to fend off the zombies trying to get in, as well as a sadistic group of bikers who want to loot the place. Great film, lots of gory action and flesh-munching. Make sure to check out the newly remastered director's cut for terrific picture and sound, and extra footage.


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