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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Locke
Wes Huntley
Kristen Vigard ...
Candice Paluso
Anne Pitoniak ...
Bernard Barrow ...
TV station manager
Marian Hailey ...
Jack's Wife
Detective Matt Burke
Skipp Lynch ...
Marilyn Cooper ...
Meg Mundy ...
Mace Lover
Yudie Bank ...
Accosted Old Lady
Michael P. Moran ...
Gun Salesman (as Michael Moran)


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

A túlélők  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The make and model of Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau)'s car was a 1978 silver colored white roof-top Cadillac El Dorado. See more »


When Robin Williams is in the hospital bed after mooning the TV, when crossing his legs to get back under the blanket you get a quick shot of his genitals. Quite disturbing! See more »


[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 »


Words by Huey Long (as Gov. Huey P. Long)
Music by Castro Caraza
Sung by Randy Newman
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Not a great film, but not bad either...
4 February 1999 | by (Tasmania, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Survivors is not the Best film of any of the casts' careers, but I found it pretty funny for the most part. Matthau's sticks to his grouchy old man routine and Williams to his manic everyman. The rest of the cast is OK. There is a little social commentary which is a little dated by now, but still. I liked it.

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