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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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Your basic survival comedy. See more »


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22 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A túlélők  »

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Did You Know?


The name of the famous person that hit-man Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) claimed to have killed was Jimmy Hoffa. See more »


When Donald shows his new "Assault Rifle" to his fiancé, he tells her it's "308 caliber with a... *snaps stock open* Folding stock". In fact, it's not. Donald's rifle is actually a Finnish Valmet Model 76 chambered in .223/5.56mm. While the Valmet 76 was available in .308/7.62 NATO, Donald's rifle is clearly, as noted by the size & shape of the magazine, the .223/5.56 model. 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 »


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Unjustly overlooked: a very funny movie
9 August 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The Survivors was unjustly overlooked. It's a very funny and original comedy featuring one of Robin Williams' most inventive performances. It's a chance to see Williams at his most volatile and daring, before he adapted his persona to bland "family" movies like Patch Adams. He has an excellent foil here in Walter Matthau. Check it out.

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