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Writer (WGA):
Don Coscarelli (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
In the wilderness you can't dial 911
A bunch of city slickers from different backgrounds go into the wild mountains to be one with nature... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Formulaic, Corny, yet 'Quest' survives. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lance Henriksen ... Hank

Mark Rolston ... Jake

Steve Antin ... Raider
Michael Allen Ryder ... Harper

Paul Provenza ... Joey
Ben Hammer ... Hal

Dominic Hoffman ... Jeff

Traci Lind ... Olivia (as Traci Lin)

Dermot Mulroney ... Gray

Catherine Keener ... Cheryl
Ken Daly ... Checker

Reggie Bannister ... Pilot
Ken Smolka ... Olivia's Father

Brooke Bundy ... Olivia's Mother

Dean Scofield ... Olivia's Fiancé
Carol Kottenbrook ... Hank's Assistant
Marina Ferrier ... Hal's Wife
Corey Young ... Cheryl's Husband

Scanlon Gail ... Deputy
Timothy Dean Wiles ... Nomad (as Timothy Sean Wiles)
Ron Johnson ... Larson
David Butler Ross ... Deputy
Leroy Quisby ... Baggage Handler
Anthony Verdekel ... Additional Blue Legion
Brian Marler ... Additional Blue Legion
Michael Davis ... Additional Blue Legion
Michael Q. Davis ... Additional Blue Legion (as Michael Davis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyler Bowe ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Coscarelli 
Writing credits
Don Coscarelli (written by)

Produced by
Dac Coscarelli .... executive producer
Aaron A. Goffman .... associate producer
Roberto A. Quezada .... producer (as Roberto Quezada)
Original Music by
Fred Myrow 
Christopher L. Stone 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada 
Film Editing by
Don Coscarelli 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Art Direction by
Andrew M. Siegel 
Costume Design by
Carla Gibbons 
Makeup Department
Aleta Ashley .... hair style consultant
Katie Douthit .... additional makeup artist
Katie Douthit .... hair stylist
Melanie A. Kay .... makeup artist
Debbie Zoller .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Elizabeth Fitzmaurice .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Patten .... first assistant director
John Stolfi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kristen Deem .... storyboard illustrator
Erik Haraldsted .... property master
Michael Kelly .... art director: second unit
Timothy S. Wiles .... set: second unit
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... re-recording mixer
Izak Ben-Meir .... production sound mixer
Martin J. Bram .... sound editor
Stuart Chasmar .... sound editor (as Stu Chasmer)
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer
Denis Dutton .... sound editor
Gail Ganley .... foley artist (as Gail Steele)
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Linda Moss .... sound editor
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor
Dov Schwarz .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dean R. Brown .... special effects
Joe Quinlivan .... special effects
Bob Bragg .... stunts
Bob Brown .... stunts
Bill Erickson .... stunts
Salomon I. Marx .... stunt coordinator
Paul E. Short .... stunts
John Stewart .... stunts (as John Michael Stewart)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bradley .... assistant camera
Michael Bratkowski .... first assistant camera
Raul Chamorro .... grip
Ken Chen .... still photographer
Bruce Dorfman .... grip
Jean-Pierre Marangokis .... grip
Marcus Noble .... assistant camera
Kevin Proulx .... best boy grip
Roberto A. Quezada .... additional photographer
Rohn Schmidt .... key grip
Charles Schner .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Celeste Beard .... assistant editor
James Carter .... color timer
Scott Magill .... assistant editor
Sharon Streich .... assistant editor
Location Management
King Wilder .... location manager
Transportation Department
Jo Distante .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Rocky Bonifield .... production assistant (as Roxanne 'Rocky' Meyers)
Tristan M. Brighty .... production coordinator
Michael Curtis .... production staff
Linda Drake .... titles and opticals
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor
Donald Loker .... dedicated to the memory of
Scott Magill .... dedicated to the memory of

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Belgium:16 (video rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video) | USA:R (certificate no. 30000) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Dermot Mulroney (Gray) and Catherine Keener (Cheryl) married three years after they starred in the movie. Divorced after 17 years, they have a son together.See more »
Factual errors: As the start, the plane pilot castigates Gray for smoking near the fuel tanks. Which shows he's an actor, not an aviator. AV fuel has an extremely high flash point. You could drop a lit cigarette onto AV fuel and it still wouldn't catch alight.See more »
[first lines]
Jake:Take a good look around you. Because when you come back from this trip, nothing will look the same to you again.
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Formulaic, Corny, yet 'Quest' survives., 1 November 2000
Author: blackxmas from georgia

Don Coscarelli should be a little embarrassed, I think. Not of the film altogether, because it's a fun timewaster, but of the really textbook formula characterizations he heaps onto his protagonists. I would've expected more from the creator of PHANTASM, but just the same, I enjoyed this movie. Six city slickers sign on to Survival Quest, which will teach them how to survive in the Great Outdoors for four weeks. A paramilitary group is sharing the woods with them and soon it's THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.

Lance Henriksen is always cool to watch; he gives any film class. A young Catherine Keener has one of the aforementioned embarrassing roles, going from a pathetic girl to a Ripley-styled woman. Ben Hammer weighs in to let you know geriatrics can do anything you youngsters can do (provided you don't get shot), and Dermot Mulroney makes the most of the bad-boy-from-jail-on-probation shtick. Apparently Mulroney and Keener are married (or so a friend told me-check this fact yourself)so this would explain where they met. Ah, true love. Traci Lin is also in it and let's just say I've always had a thing for Miss CLASS OF 1999. Looks like a gore effect involving a hunting knife was trimmed for the R rating judging by a quick, jarring cut at the right time. As for the direction...truthfully, anybody could've wrote or directed this. It's very pedestrian, but credit Coscarelli for keeping it moving and watchable. I liked it, so sue me.

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