The Crazies (1973)

16mm film (blown up to 35mm film), colour, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by George A. Romero.

Plot Summary

A aircraft crashes into the water supply of Evan's City, Pennsylvania, infecting the inhabitants with the biological weapon, Trixie, that it was carrying. The townspeople are soon driven to murderous rages and the military have the town under a tight cordon. But the situation is soon out of control and Trixie is about to spread to neighbouring towns…


Directed by: George A. Romero
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Pittsburgh Films
Lee Hessel presents. Produced by Pittsburgh Films through the facilities of The Latent Image, Inc., Pittsburgh. A Cambist film
Produced by: A.C. Croft
Associate Producer: Margaret Walsh
Screenplay by: George A. Romero
Based on an Original Script by: Paul McCollough
Director of Photography: S. William Hinzman
Edited by: George A. Romero
Musical Score by: Bruce Roberts
Sound Recordists: Rex Gleeson, John Stoll
Make Up: Bonnie Priore
Special Effects: Regis Survinski, Tony Pantanello
Medical Advisor: Barry J. Rosenbaum
Military Advisor: Col. Bernard Garred, Ret.
Locations: Evans City, Pennsylvania, USA; Zelienople, Pennsylvania, USA

Lane Carroll (Judy)
W.G. McMillan (David)
Harold Wayne Jones (Crank)
Lloyd Hollar (Col. Peckham)
Lynn Lowry (Kathy)
Richard Liberty (Artie)
Richard France (Watts)
Harry Spillman (Major Ryder)
Will Disney (Dr Brookmire)
Edith Bell (lab technician)
W.L. Thurnhurst Jr (Brubacker)
Leland Starnes (Shelby)
A.C. MacDonald (General Bowen)
Robert J. McCully (Hawks)
Robert Karlowsky (Sheriff Cooper)
Ned Schmidtke (Sergeant Tragesser)
Tony Scott (Deputy Shade)
Roy Cheverie (army doctor)
Jack Zaharia (priest)
Stephen Liska

Alternative Titles

La città verrà distrutta all'alba – Italian title
Code Name: Trixie
Kaikki saastuneet tuhotaan
– Finnish title
The Mad People

The Crazies (2010)

Extracts included in
The American Nightmare (2000)

See also
The Alpha Incident (1977)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Cinefantastique vol.5 no.2 (Autumn 1976) p.33 – illustrated credits, review (by Jeffrey Frentzen)
Empire no.171 (September 2003) p.149 – DVD review
Films and Filming vol.24 no.7 (April 1978) pp.41-42 – credits, review (by Gordon Gow)
Films in Review no.24 (May 1973) p.306 – review (by Roy Frumkes)
Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) p.15 – illustrated note
Halls of Horror no.27 p.19 – note
Interview no.32 (May 1973) p.36 – interview
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no.530 pp.42-43 – credits, synopsis, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no.538 (November 1978) p.230 – note
Premiere vol.16 no.11 (July/August 2003 pp.109-111 – DVD review
Sight & Sound vol.4 no.11 (November 1994) p.62 – video review (by Peter Dean)
Sight & Sound vol.13 no.9 (September 2003) p.67 – DVD review
Sight & Sound vol.28 no.1 (January 2018) p.103 – blu-ray review (by Nick Pinkerton – as part of the George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn box set)
Take One vol.4 no.6 (July/August 1973) pp.8-10 – illustrated article (A Pittsburgh Horror Story by Paul McCollough)
Time Out no.410 (10 February 1978) p.35 – illustrated review (by Tony Rayns)
Time Out no.441 (29 September 1978) p.59 – cinema listing
Variety 24 January 1973 p.18 – credits, synopsis, review
Video Watchdog no.54 (1999) pp.22-34 – illustrated DVD and video reviews

The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead by Tony Williams pp.65-79; 272 – article; credits
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.80 – credits, review
The Pocket Essential: George A. Romero by Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen pp.37-43 – article
by Walt Lee p.77 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.68-69 – illustrated review (by Jon Towlson)