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The Crazies

A little-seen 1973 film by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), whose excellent work combines intense, fleshy horror with elements of fierce satire and surprisingly appropriate socioeconomic analysis--all of which is pretty impressive for a shoestring producer from Pittsburgh. The residents of a small town in Pennsylvania turn homicidal when a tankload of government nerve gas is accidentally unleashed. White-suited SWAT teams from the Department of Defense are sent in to mop up the hapless locals, including a little old lady who impales her victims on knitting needles. R, 103 min.



  • Breck Eisner


  • Timothy Olyphant
  • Radha Mitchell
  • Danielle Panabaker
  • Joe Anderson
  • Preston Bailey
  • Justin Welborn
  • Lisa K. Wyatt
  • Christie Lynn Smith
  • Larry Cedar
  • Lori Beth Edgeman


  • Scott Kosar
  • George A. Romero


  • Michael Aguilar
  • Dean Georgaris

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