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The Survivors (1983)

Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

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Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle are two unfortunate people who have just lost their jobs; Sonny's gas station has been blown away and Donald has just been fired by his boss's parrot! But that day, their lives change when they prevent a robber from holding up a bar, and they become heroes. Unfortunately, Jack (the robber) gets away, and when he sees Donald's face on the TV, he decides to go after them. In the meantime, Donald becomes obsessed with guns and leaves for the mountains to join a survivalist group... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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An outrageous comedy from the director of 'FLETCH' See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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The title of the pornographic movie that Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau)'s daughter was watching when he came home was "When the West Was Wet". See more »

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In the closing credits, the title for three assistant directors (Joseph Reidy, Bill Elvin, and Louis Race) is misspelled as "Second Assitant Directors." See more »

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[first lines]
Betty: Mr. Quinelle!
Donald Quinelle: Morning, Betty!
Betty: Mr. Stoddard would like you to step into the board room.
Donald Quinelle: He wants to see me?
Betty: You can go right in.
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References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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WHEN YOU'RE SMILING (THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU)
by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay
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A superb comedy
17 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When you come across one of those moments in life when you really need to catch hold of a spark of brilliance you should hold onto it and glow warmly in its presence. This film is one of those moments. It sparks and creates a wonderful mix of tragic characters interacting in a modern world, confused and not sure about their place, shattered by stupid events that happen around them to place them together. Robin Williams decent into understandable weakness provides cream for your coffee – sacked by a parrot, driving the same car as all his fellow corporate colleagues he blunders into a world he only read about and slipped and scrawled crashing into a frightened world where the big cesspool awaits. Walter in a parallel world falls lower and lower creating empathic moments trying to get by in a simple world where his daughter strolls in his shadow in adolescence. This film contains some superb dialogue and creative comedy that charm the watcher. Robin is sublime and Walter makes sense where there is none. Jack is colossal as a nemesis and indefatigable in his pursuit until his humanity appears on the floor of a wood cabin when all the characters come together. Do not listen to those who believe this is poor, they have not watched and wondered at the connections. Brilliance and eclectic!


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