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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sonny Paluso
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Donald Quinelle
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Jack Locke
James Wainwright ...
Wes Huntley
Kristen Vigard ...
Candice Paluso
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Doreen
Anne Pitoniak ...
Betty
Bernard Barrow ...
TV station manager
Marian Hailey ...
Jack's Wife
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Detective Matt Burke
Skipp Lynch ...
Wiley
Marilyn Cooper ...
Waitress
Meg Mundy ...
Mace Lover
Yudie Bank ...
Accosted Old Lady
Michael P. Moran ...
Gun Salesman (as Michael Moran)
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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, where he will learn to survive... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Once they declare war on each other, watch out. You could die laughing. See more »

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25 November 1983 (Denmark)  »

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The Survivors  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Columbia Pictures studio, which produced this movie, had had about two years earlier a boffo box-office success with the Bill Murray army comedy, Stripes (1981). The Survivors (1983), another military related satire, has a main trailer which noticeably re-used that film's distinctive trademark music, and music score which is not actually heard in this movie itself. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
by Fred Ebb, John Kander
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Just a funny & simple Neil Simon-esque movie
24 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the reviews from these Roger Ebert wannabes that tear it down; it wasn't supposed to make a statement or have a sound plot --- it's a COMEDY, you idiots! The numerous one-liners in this movie are priceless, and if you can't appreciate how enjoyable it is, you've gotten way too serious about movies, folks. Its humor has withstood the test of time and it's a solid 7 of 10. This is one of Williams and Matthau's funniest and well worth your time. Would you believe that I never noticed that Robin flashed his genitals in the hospital scene until my wife saw it for the first time and pointed it out --- women have a heckuva radar for those things!


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