Surviving the Game (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  15 April 1994 (USA)
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A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.


(as Ernest Dickerson)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
Wolfe Sr.
John Griffin
Derek Wolfe Jr
Security Guard
Lawrence C. McCoy ...
Hotel Clerk
Taxi Driver
Jacqui Dickerson ...
Taxi Passenger
Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. ...
Homeless Child
Steven King ...
Mercedes Driver


Mason, who lives on the streets, wants to cease his life when on the same day his two best friends die: His dog and an older man with whom he shared his food and roof. Just in time Cole, from a charity organization, can prevent his suicide and also offers him a quite well paid job as servant for a hunting party in the Rocky Mountains. Mason accepts the job and flies with them to a hut in the wilderness where they prepare everything for the four rich businessmen who want to hunt something special. Mason does not yet know that he is the victim of their sports that should lead to the basic insticts of man, but they did not count with his cleverness... Written by Volker Boehm

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anthropino thirama  »

Box Office


$7,400,000 (estimated)


$7,690,013 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The address of Hell's Canyon Outfitters as detailed on the business card that Cole hands Mason is 1 5th Ave, Seattle. In real life there is no such address and the starting point of 5th Avenue is a section of monorail track. The phone number is apparently (206) 555-2829. The actual location is an office building on Orondo Street in Wenatchee, Washington. See more »


When Rutger Hauer's character spots the cave Mason is hiding in, it is illuminated by orange light (as if a fire was lit inside). In the next scene, inside the cave, it is lit with the blue light from a flashlight. See more »


Doc Hawkins: I know more about you than you even think, Mason.
Jack Mason: Probably you do, but I don't know a shit about you.
Doc Hawkins: Then ask me something. Ask me anything you want.
Jack Mason: All right, how did you get that fucking scar up your eye?
Doc Hawkins: I refer to that as my birth mark. On my eighth birthday my father brought me a bulldog, a fat, little bulldog. I named him Prince Henry Stout. He was strong. He would've chased my pet turkey; he would've chased a squirrel up the tree. I raised him, I trained him, I fed him, I grew him, I ...
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Modern version of the Most Dangerous Game, where a human is hunted for sport.
6 August 1998 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Entertaining movie, especially for the fans of the short story, The Most Dangerous Game. Rapper/Actor Ice-T (Richochet, New Jack City) is a homeless man hired by a bunch of rich people to help them in their hunt. Soon he realizes that he is the prey. The rich hunters are led by Rutger Hauer (Nighthawks, Mr. Stich). The hunters are equipped with different types of guns and smaller vehicles, while Ice-T is forced to use his street smarts to beat them in the secluded wilderness. The other hunters include Gary Busey (Point Break, Lost Highway), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Mimic), Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, Alien 3), and John McGilney (The Rock, Nothing To Lose). This is a fast paced movie, although the first half hour is mainly character development for Ice-T. It is very entertaining, the script's dialogue is fairly poor, but who cares in an action movie. Ice-T does a good job at making you want him to win. Rutger Hauer, Charles S. Dutton, F. Murray Abraham are all good at being evil, but the best performance of the bad guys is John McGilney who has an extra reason to want to kill a homeless man. The movie is a solid hour and a half of entertainment, but don't be expecting anything more.

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