Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dawn of the Dead 1978

1978 zombie film

Director: George A. Romero

Writer: George A. Romero

Cinematographer: Michael Gornick

Running time: 127 minutes

Country: United States & Italy

Tagline: When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

David Emge as Stephen
Ken Foree as Peter
Scott Reiniger as Roger
Gaylen Ross as Francine
David Crawford as Dr. Foster
David Early as Mr. Berman
Richard France as Scientist
Howard Smith as TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich as Givens
Fred Baker as Commander
Jim Baffico as Wooley
Rod Stoufer as Young Officer on Roof
Jese del Gre as Old Priest
Joe Pilato as Head Officer at Police Dock
Tom Savini as Blades
Taso Stavrakis as Sledge

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.

  1. Saturn Award- Best DVD Classic Film Release- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  2. Golden Screen- (Neue Constantin (distributor) ).- Golden Screen, Germany

The MPAA had threatened to impose the X rating if George A. Romero didn't make cuts. Romero did not want to cut the film, and he was adamant against an X rating, due to its stigma of hard-core pornography. In the end, Romero was able to persuade his distributors to release the film with no rating, although on all advertising and trailers, there was a disclaimer that in effect read that while there was no explicit sex in the film, the movie was of such a violent nature that no one under 17 would be admitted.


5 stars out of 5 stars

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