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Ben Campbell, a 22 year old gas station attendant in a small desert town, is looking to make some extra money. He is surprised when Madec, a wealthy lawyer, asks him to be his guide in a hunting trip in the desert. When Madec accidentally shoots a prospector, he is fearful of what it will do his reputation, and decides to eliminate the only witness, Ben, who is forced to go on the run. In addition to being hunted by Madec, Ben must also contend with the harsh desert elements. But if he does make it back to town alive, will anyone believe his story? Written by Ronos

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He's found the perfect prey...a young defenseless human

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This story was remade into 'Beyond the Reach (2014)' Starring Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine. See more »

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Horton Maddock: You're not thinking, Ben. I'm a lawyer. I have influence and I have money. Do you have any idea what they'll do to you for killing that old man and mutilating the only witness - a cripple?
Ben Campbell: You're no more a cripple than I am.
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Exquisite retelling of The Most Dangerous Game
19 January 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best TV movies I have ever seen, and easily the most sadistic. Andy Griffith is absolute perfection as the crippled big city predatory lawyer and hunting enthusiast who turns guide and nature lover Sam Bottoms into his prey. His performance is a true work of art. But, all the entire players, including Noah Beery Jr. and James Best are perfectly cast. A true game of hearts, mind, and soul. Not to be missed. 10/10


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