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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Cunningham ...
Clubber 1 (as Kier Mills)
Matt Jaynes ...
Gavin Ferguson ...
Horton Jupiter ...
Tim Baggaley ...
Arvind Doshi ...
Sonnell Dadral ...
Danny (as Sonell Dadral)


Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back. Written by Infest0125

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Bought coffee. Called Mom. Dodged zombies. See more »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muertos de risa  »

Box Office


£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,603,410 (UK) (9 April 2004)


$13,464,388 (USA) (26 November 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright considered a sequel that would replace zombies with another monster, but decided against it as they were pleased with the first film as a stand-alone product, and thought too many characters died to continue the story. The proposed title was From Dusk til Shaun. See more »


After Mary falls on the pole, she gets up and she is standing straight up. The next shot from the front shows Mary standing up again. See more »


[first lines]
John: Last orders, please!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with the incidental Mall Muzak from Dawn of the Dead (1978). See more »


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Don't Stop Me Now
( Freddie Mercury (as Mercury) )
Performed by Queen
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited and Hollywood Records, Inc.
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The best comedy of the year!
7 October 2004 | by (Reno, USA) – See all my reviews

Here in the States they don't show too many foreign movies, even if they are from the countries like UK. When they show them, however, they tend to outdo some of the American movies in the box office. Although the British movies are rarely shown here, they're a guaranteed success

  • do you recall the popularity of the last year's "28 Days Later"?

Well, this movie is even better - it's a hilarious combination of comedy, social parody, tragedy and drama, spiced with the references to every zombie flick ever made. Some references are pretty slim, though - for example "We're coming to get you, Barbara!" is a reference to "The Night of the Living Dead" - a reference that many people (including George Romero!) didn't get. Most of the actors are unknown to an average American, yet they played great! I hope that movies like "Shaun of the Dead" will make big wigs in Hollywood realize that there are many great foreign movies, and that integrity is always better than crude remakes which the States are so notorious for... I encourage everybody to come and see SOTD - the best comedy of 2004.

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