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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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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 to join a survivalist group... 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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Release Date:

22 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A túlélők  »

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1.85 : 1
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First ever movie about Reaganomics. See more »


Donald pulls down his pants as he's walking in the cold, down the road with Sonny. When the camera pans back, Donald's pants can be seen lying next to him on the road. Since he did not step out of them, they should have still been on him, bunched up at his ankles. 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 Carazo (as Castro Caraza)
Sung by Randy Newman
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This film is hilarious
24 January 2002 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

I gave it a 8 , and my wife thought it was a 6. Then this film must be a 7. If you have ever been hit by hard luck, one can relate with these characters. Robin Williams, when he was at his funniest, performs this rambling nonsense. Especially when he tells the events of the robbery to his fiancee, does a tv counterpoint (ie there would be no criminals if there were no victims, unless the criminals robbed other criminals, but I am diluting here) and acts out a gun battle. Walter Matthau plays the crabby straight guy who tries to fix events. Small role for Jerry Reed, watch the gas station scene; it's funny. Comedy is so hard to do, it's an art, much easier to make a horror film or action movie, but to get comedy right you have too hit a groove. This film does it!

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