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Surviving the Game (1994)

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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.

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Cast

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Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
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Wolfe Sr.
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John Griffin
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Derek Wolfe Jr
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Hank
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Security Guard
Lawrence C. McCoy ...
Hotel Clerk
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Taxi Driver
Jacqui Dickerson ...
Taxi Passenger
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Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. ...
Homeless Child
Steven King ...
Mercedes Driver
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Storyline

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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The rules are simple: kill or be killed. See more »


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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  »

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Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,690,013 (USA)
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Trivia

It was Rutger Hauer's idea that Burns ride a Kawasaki twin-cylinder 650 motorcycle. Hauer owned one of these bikes himself and felt that by riding one in the movie his character would stand out as a leader of the hunting pack. He also claimed that the bike had the appearance of an iron horse, giving Burns the look of a warrior knight. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[a pig's head has been served for dinner. Mason takes a sip of wine]
Wolfe Sr.: What do you think?
Jack Mason: It's alright. I like this. This is good!
Wolfe Sr.: Four-fifty a bottle.
Jack Mason: Four dollars fifty cent, I should be drinkin' this shit a *long* time ago!
Wolfe Sr.: Four hundred and fifty dollars!
[Mason spits out the wine in amazement]
Wolfe Sr.: Don't waste it!
[They all laugh]
Jack Mason: I could live off that for three months!
[...]
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Version of Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) See more »

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Doing the Best I Can
Written by C. Marshall and R. Matthews
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Don't Mess With the Homeless

Beverage guy Ice T plays a down and out "bum" that is given a job to help a group of guys at a hunting lodge...or so he thinks. In reality, he is to be the prey. Surviving the Game is a reworking of the timeless classic story by Richard Connell "The Most Dangerous Game." Ice T ends up running from this group of selfish, arrogant, and sadistic killers that feel no remorse or shame for killing this man because he is a homeless vagrant. He matches wits with his opponents and then some. This film can best be described as entertainment. It isn't full of great acting..the acting is acceptable with a few good performances out of Rutger Hauer(Man this guy can be scary) and Charles Dutton. The rest are merely adequate...a means to develop the plot and move things along. The story is pretty good but has some flaws, but the film is full of action and suspense.


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