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The Survivors (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  25 November 1983 (Denmark)
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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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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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Your basic survival comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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25 November 1983 (Denmark)  »

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A túlélők  »

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Trivia

Production Designer Gene Callahan used a closed employment office in New York as a studio sound stage for this film. The facility provided the picture with five sets, one of which was actually for an employment office. 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 Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
by Fred Ebb, John Kander (as John Kandor)
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Great film on several levels...
8 December 2004 | by (E. Quogue, New York) – See all my reviews

What a great film!!! A true sleeper! Foremost, I think this film works on a comedic level mainly because Matthau and Williams play off each other so well. Williams plays his comedy in that typically frenzied style of his, injecting a good dose of physical humor to boot(pardon the pun). Matthau plays more of a straight man, but with his own style of deadpan humor figured in. Vigard's daughter character has her moments as well, her facial expressions(especially during the staircase scene) are very funny.

This film also works as a commentary on the early Eighties scene, touching upon a number of issues faced by American society. This is the real reason why I believe this film is such a great movie, it gives a funny glimpse at what was happening in America on many different fronts. It covers topics such as losing your job, job hunting, and that interesting social-economic phenomena, unemployment compensation. It sheds light upon big corporate America's lack of allegiance towards its employees, a concept that was just beginning to take hold of the employment scene at the time. I'm sure that just about everyone(in middle class America at least) can relate to what Matthau's character experiences in the job montage sequence in the film. It also shows examples of the ever changing face of American society, such as the Spanish immigrant trying to collect unemployment and the Indian clerk Matthau encounters upon his application for unemployment, touching an issue that has gained tremendous momentum at the present day. It also covers the concept of Americans becoming so disenfranchised with their own society that they are driven to para-military lifestyles, which William's character explores through several really funny moments--"you shot my gun"!!. It also examines America's never ending fascination with guns.

The film also covers ground on relationships,(as all good films do) mainly between the two main characters and the ways they try to help each other through their personal woes. Matthau helps Williams on a more direct level, but Williams helps Matthau's character in the sense that his antics help to distract Matthau from his own unemployment dilemma. Also covered, to a lesser degree, is the relationship between Williams and his fiancée, which underlines the balance between devotion and sensibility. The scene between Reed's character and his wife is both funny and insightful as well.

Finally, the film's comedy itself is a very good blend of slapstick that will make you howl(the staircase scene!!) as well as the verbal aspects of well written comedy(police station,phone booth to name a few). Matthau and Williams are constantly playing off each other quite humorously. This film has several catchy lines, I find myself and my brother recalling them from time to time for a really good laugh--"Tell young Kojack what he done" and "...you've got the technique down". So, these are the reasons why I believe this film deserves a good look, it provides a rather serious look at American done in a very funny way. 10/10


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