Dawn Of The Dead

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1978 | Color
  • Runtime: 126 min / Germany:156 min (extended version) / Italy:117 min (Dario Argento's European/Italian Cut) / Spain:115 min / USA:128 min (DVD version) / USA:139 min (director's cut)
  • Filming Location(s): Monroeville, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, PA.
  • Production Co: Laurel Group
  • Distribution Co: United Film Distribution Company (UFDC) (1979) (USA) (theatrical) | Astral Films (1979) (Canada) (theatrical) | Ízaro Films (1979) (Spain) (theatrical) | Éditions René Chateau (1983) (France) (theatrical)
  • Written & Directed by George A. Romero
  • Starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Daniel Dietrich, Fred Baker, James A. Baffico, Rod Stouffer, Jesse Del Gre, Clayton McKinnon, John Rice, Ted Bank, Patrick McCloskey, Randy Kovitz, Joseph Pilato, Pasquale Buba, Tom Savini, Tony Buba, Marty Schiff, Joe Shelby, Dave Hawkins, Taso N. Stavrakis, Tom Kapusta, Nick Tallo, Rudy Ricci, Larry Vaira, Sharon Ceccatti, Pam Chatfield, Mike Christopher, Clayton Hill, Jay Stover
  • Produced by Claudio Argento, Dario Argento, Alfredo Cuomo, Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Original Music by Goblin
  • Cinematography by Michael Gornick

Also Known As

  • Zombies | The Zombies (Philippines) | Zombi (Italy/Spain) | Zombie: Dawn of the Dead | Zombie - Le crépuscule des morts-vivants (France) | Zombies im Kaufhaus (Germany)


There are several versions of this film.

  • George Romero's own cut, referred to as the 1979 US theatrical version. (126min)
  • Then there is Dario Argento's cut which is referred to as the Italian or European version. (116min)
  • Then there is the Extended Version which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. (139min)
  • Lastly, there exists a pan-and-scan full screen version (of the Argento cut).

The reason is, that Argento invested in the movie and in return got the right to produce his own cut of the film for the European release. That version also features different music from the band Goblin. Argento's version is also less humoristic and puts more emphasis on action. The extended cut, while widely available, is not a preferred version of either director and constitutes a hastily produced rough version of the film. Then there are numerous censored versions in a number of countries (such as an R rated version, a Japanese version with freeze frames and a Japanese TV version, and a 20th anniversary hybrid cut, among others). There's some disagreement, but Romero is known to have voiced his displeasure about Argento's version. The two are quite different in tone and substance.


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