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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

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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 Greatest Zombie Cast Ever Disassembled See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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

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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:

$13,963,605
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Jim Jarmusch envisioned Bruce Campbell in the role of Mallory O'Brien, who declined the role after almost forty years of being involved in makeup heavy scary movies. It was then decided the character could be rewritten as a woman and Jarmusch reached out to Carol Kane, who he'd worked with on In the Soup (1992) along with Steve Buscemi, who accepted the part. See more »

Goofs

The Pontiac LeMans which matches the car from "Night of the Living Dead" is said to be a 1968 model but the correct model year is 1967. See more »

Quotes

Mindy Morrison: She's strange.
Cliff Robertson: She's Scottish.
Ronnie Peterson: She's Scottish?
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References 200 Motels (1971) See more »

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In the town of Centerville, USA (population 768), everything moves a little slower, even the apocalypse.
14 June 2019 | by JustaReplicantSee all my reviews

The Dead Don't Die

Cinema 21, Portland, OR

Preview showing 6/13

What if we made a zombie movie where no one really cares that there are zombies? A sort of dull, apathetic acceptance to the horrific and odd world events happening around them. Legendary director Jim Jarmusch gave me pretty much exactly what I thought he would--an un-deadpan (ha ha) black comedy with an all-star cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Chloe Savigny, and a slew of other cameos I won't spoil here.

In the town of Centerville, USA (population 768), everything moves a little slower, even the apocalypse. When citizens realize the sun isn't setting, people start talking. Radio reports come in about electricity failures and other oddities taking place globally; even the head of the Power and Energy Board comes on air to assure us all that these crazy events have "absolutely nothing to do with the increase of ice fracking."

It's a nice little message from Jarmusch; the message rolls into something a little more personal, as when the undead return, we see them going back to "the things they did in life." We see ghouls holding cell phones they can't use, muttering "wi-fi" and "facebook." Undead children looking for toys and candy. Zombified soccer moms practicing tennis. Undead dads flocking to tool stores. It plays to a larger theme of mindless consumption--cheeky, albeit effective.

I feel like critics and audiences aren't going to go crazy for this right off the bat; this is a slow burner, deliberately paced, unflinchingly sincere in its presentation, unwavering in its self-awareness, and steadfast in its brazen humor. You'll know what I mean if and when you see it. I think Jim Jarmusch is a great writer, and the banter he creates will be quoted between friends as inside jokes 10 years from now. It's 100% a cult film in the making.

In a time where multiplexes are filled with Avengers and Wicks and Dark Phoenixes, mammoth sized films with astonishing budgets and record breaking box office returns, it was refreshing to see a flick that was just as aware as the audience that it didn't need to be made. Though I am glad it was.


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