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George Romero's The Crazies involves a biochemical warfare virus code-named "Trixie" that gets into the water supply of Evans City, PA. It has two equally unpleasant effects, either killing its victims outright or driving them hopelessly insane. The military descends on the town like a plague of locusts, quarantining the area and dragging the frightened citizens from their homes to be corralled at the local high school while the "powers that be" figure out what to do. Human interest revolves around firefighting ...
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George Romero's The Crazies involves a biochemical warfare virus code-named "Trixie" that gets into the water supply of Evans City, PA. It has two equally unpleasant effects, either killing its victims outright or driving them hopelessly insane. The military descends on the town like a plague of locusts, quarantining the area and dragging the frightened citizens from their homes to be corralled at the local high school while the "powers that be" figure out what to do. Human interest revolves around firefighting Nam vet David and his pregnant wife, Judy, who try to escape the quarantine, the virus, and the militant redneck locals whom Romero portrays as even more fearsome than the soldiers. There's also an infected father and daughter, played by Richard Liberty Day of the Dead and pretty Lynn Lowry Shivers, who gives the film's best performance as an innocent waif who mourns the passing of her own sanity.
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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This combination sci-fi paranoia film and bloody shoot-'em-up actioner was not the success that George A. Romero and company expected after Night of the Living Dead. It is, however, a well-made, fast-paced thriller that delivers the goods. With its threatening safe-suited soldiers in their Halloween gas masks and an apocalyptic air of violence and madness, The Crazies serves as a virtual ode to paranoia, taking concepts later seen in Rabid and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to frightening extremes. Needless scenes of the soldiers looting the corpses before burning them can be forgiven as Vietnam-era pandering, but otherwise, Romero remains remarkably even-handed. There are plenty of gunfights and gore, though, as a sweet old lady hacks a soldier to death with a knitting needle and Romero indulges in his penchant for blood-spurting head wounds twice in the same scene. In structure, this film most resembles Romero's later Day of the Dead also with Richard Liberty -- bickering soldiers, scientists racing for a cure, put-upon heroes fighting lunacy -- but this one is much more kinetic and exciting, disproving the frequent charges that Romero knows nothing about action scenes. The Crazies is a surprising, neglected treat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1998
  • UPC: 013131041439
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Collector's Edition
  • Format: VHS

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Performance Credits
Richard France Dr. Watts
Lloyd Hollar Col. Pockem
Ned Schmidtke Sgt. Tragesser
Tony Scott Deputy Shade
Stephen Liska
Kim Smith
Bill Hinzman
Rossie Harris
Edith Bell Woman Lab Technician
Lane Carroll Judy
Will Disney Dr. Brookmyre
Harold W. Jones Clank
Robert Karlowsky Sheriff
Richard Liberty Artie
Lynn Lowry Kathie
A.C. MacDonald Gen. Bowden
Robert J. McCully Hawks
W.G. McMillan David
Harry Spillman Maj. Ryder
Leland Starnes Shelby
W.L. Thunhurst Jr. Brubaker
Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Alvin C. Croft Producer
Bill Hinzman Cinematographer
Paul McCollough Original Story
Bruce Roberts Score Composer
John Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
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