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The Dead Zone (1983)

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The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by David Cronenberg
Release Date 1983
Studio Dino De Laurentiis Company
Distributor Paramount Pictures (North America)
Dino De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (International)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Johnny Smith Christopher Walken
Sheriff George Bannerman Tom Skerritt
Roger Stuart Anthony Zerbe
Greg Stillson Martin Sheen
Dr. Sam Weizak Herbert Lom
Henrietta Dodd Colleen Dewhurst
Deputy Frank Dodd Nicholas Campbell

The Dead Zone is the 1983 feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The film was directed by David Cronenberg and stars Christopher Walken as a schoolteacher who discovers that he has gained psychic powers after awakening from a coma. The film's cast includes Tom Skerritt and Martin Sheen. The Dead Zone was also adapted into a television series that starred Anthony Michael Hall and aired for six seasons in the US on Paramount Network Television and the USA Network.

The following weapons were used in the film The Dead Zone:



Smith & Wesson Model 28

Sheriff Bannerman (Tom Skerritt) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 28 "Highway Patrolman" revolver as his sidearm. Deputy Frank Dodd (Nicholas Campbell) also carries one as his sidearm, his mother Henrietta Dodd (Colleen Dewhurst) later is seen firing it. Dodd's Model 28 has black rubber combat grips.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
A publicity still of Bannerman (Tom Skerritt) with his S&W Model 28 drawn.
Sheriff Bannerman (Tom Skerritt) holds a Smith & Wesson Model 28
Henrietta Dodd (Colleen Dewhurst) pulls out the revolver. Note the black rubber grips.
Henrietta Dodd (Colleen Dewhurst) firing the revolver.

Colt Python

When Henrietta Dodd (Colleen Dewhurst) is using Frank's S&W Model 28, a continuity problem results in it somehow turning into a Colt Python revolver (continuity problem). It is possible they had to reshoot this scene on a later date, and the Model 28s they had used were no longer available.

Colt Python with royal blued finish, black rubber combat grips with Colt medallions and a 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Dodd's revolver has turned into a Colt Python. Note the full underlug, a feature absent on the Model 28. This can't be a S&W Model 586, because of the distinctive ventilated barrel rib seen only on Pythons at the time.

Heckler & Koch P7

Sonny Elliman (Géza Kovács), the bodyguard of Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) carries a Heckler & Koch P7. It can be identified as a P7 PSP because of its heel mounted magazine release. Sonny carries it in his waistband and ends up firing it at the end of the film. Stillson later obtains Sonny's PSP and is seen holding it in Johnny Smith's last vision.

Heckler & Koch P7 - 9x19mm
Sonny aims his P7.
Closeup of Sonny's P7 in John's last vision. Note the magazine release is on the heel of the pistol, which would make it a P7 PSP variant.
In Johnny's vision, a distraught Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) holds Sonny's P7.


Sporterized Karabiner 98k

Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) uses a Sporterized Karabiner 98k at the Greg Stillson rally.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The one seen in the film has a sporterized stock
Smith holds the Karabiner 98k. Note the sporterized stock
Another shot of the Smith holds the Karabiner 98k. It seems like the original 98k stock was not replaced but instead cut down.
Smith loads the rifle.
Smith aims his Karabiner 98k sporter.

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