Dead Zone, The (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 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.

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.
Henrietta Dodd (Colleen Dewhurst) firing the revolver.
The revolver here may be a Colt Python.

Heckler & Koch P7

The bodyguard of Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) carries a Heckler & Koch P7, firing it at the end of the film. Stillson holds one himself in Johnny Smith's last vision. It appears to be a P7 PSP variant due to its heel mounted magazine release.

Heckler & Koch P7M8 - 9x19mm
Stillson's bodygard carries a P7.
Closeup of the pistol. Note the magazine release is on the heel of the pistol, so this is likely a P7 PSP.
Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) holds the pistol.


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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