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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.

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Director: Breck Eisner

Writer: Scott Kosar and George A. Romero

Producer: Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris

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

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