Dawn of the Dead


2h 5m 1979

Brief Synopsis

This sequel to Night of the Living Dead is filled with splattered blood and brains in living color. The dead have come back to life to eat the living. This is the story of four people's escape from an urban nightmare to a suburban one. They barricade themselves in a shopping mall and try to start new lives. Much of this movie was filmed outside Pittsburgh.

Film Details

Also Known As
George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
4-Track Stereo (German prints), Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Synopsis

With more and more zombies roaming the earth, two Philadelphia SWAT team members named Roger and Peter go to a television station and escape in its helicopter, taking a few other people with them. The group go to a shopping mall for supplies, and hoping for refuge, but wind up fighting for their lives with the undead.

Film Details

Also Known As
George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
4-Track Stereo (German prints), Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Quotes

What are they doing? Why do they come here?
- Francine Parker
Some kind of instinct. Memory, of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives.
- Stephen
You game?
- Peter
I need lighter fluid.
- Roger
You got it.
- Peter
Many have died, last week, on these streets. In the basement of this building, you will find them. I have given them the last rites, now, you do what you will. You are stronger than us... But soon, I think they be stronger than you. When the dead walk, se?ores, we must stop the killing... or lose the war.
- Old Priest
Dummies! Dummies! Dummies!
- Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist
This isn't the Republicans versus the Democrats, where we're in a hole economically or... or we're in another war. This is more crucial than that. This is down to the line, folks, this is down to the line. There can be no more divisions among the living!
- Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist

Trivia

Filmed in Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA.

The airstrip used in the film, the Harold W. Brown Memorial Field (aka Monroeville Municipal Airport), is still in operation as of 2002. The privately run airfield is approximately 10 miles from the Monroeville Mall, where the bulk of the film was shot.

The two zombie children who attack Peter in the airport chart house are played by Donna and Mike Savini, the real-life niece and nephew of Tom Savini.

The voice of Christine Forrest (George Romero's wife) can be heard on a pre-recorded announcement in the mall ("Attention all shoppers...").

The skating rink shown in the film was part of the Monroeville Mall. It has since been replaced by a food court.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1979

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1979

Todd-AO

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1979

Released in United States March 1979 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Contemporary Cinema) March 14-30, 1979.)