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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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Storyline

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 | Drama

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25 November 1983 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

During the robbery, the teenagers remove their jackets just before the gunman moves to the counter and tells the old man on the till to join the others. In the next shot, when the old man joins the group, the teenagers can be seen removing their jackets again. 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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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

EVERY MAN A KING
Words by Huey Long (as Gov. Huey P. Long)
Music by Castro Caraza
Sung by Randy Newman
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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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