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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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Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
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Wolfe Sr.
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John Griffin
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Homeless Child
Steven King ...
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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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Jack Mason knows he's going to die someday. But today he's not in the mood. See more »


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

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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

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$7,400,000 (estimated)

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$7,690,013 (USA)
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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 »

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After dinner, Doc Hawkins offers Mason a full pack of cigarettes with a few of the cigarettes sticking out of the top of the packet holding the lid open by placing it on the table. In the next shot when Doc Hawkins pushes the packet closer to Mason the packet is half empty with no cigarettes sticking out . See more »

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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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a good cast wastes its time - spoilers
18 June 2004 | by (an eeeevil oil rig in Baja) – See all my reviews

It's possible that this movie suffers by comparison to "Hard Target," which was undoubtedly better, thanks mostly to John Woo's direction and the stylish villainy of Lance Hendriksen and Arnold Vosloo. But "Surviving the Game" is out-and-out garbage. The premise was already stale, the writing is god-awful, and the characters aren't even on the level of a comic book. The depiction of homeless life in a big city is, at best, charmingly inaccurate. The climactic showdown is one of the most mind-numbingly stupid scenes I've ever encountered (and I've seen everything that Edward D. Wood Jr and Steven Seagal have done).

The only possible reason to see this is to watch a good cast waste its time. Ice-T, taken out of his usual big-pimping-gangster routine, is surprisingly good; he's believable in the action scenes (although I can't figure out how a malnourished homeless man could have so much energy), and he creates a good deal of sympathy too. Unfortunately, the screenplay gives him the lion's share of clunky dialogue. In particular, his conversation in the cave with John McGinley is so poorly-written that no actor could possibly survive it. Hey, wouldn't that make a nifty DVD extra, to have, say, Ralph Fiennes, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, and Denzel Washington each give their reading of Ice-T's monologue about how his family died in the fire?

Rutger Hauer is entertaining and intelligent as always, and Charles Dutton is his usual rock-solid self. They really do come off as a couple of guys who have known each other for a long time, and the numerous unexplained inside jokes between them are a nice touch. But both actors have been much more impressive in better movies than this.

F. Murray Abraham is horribly miscast, and his character is a mess of contradictions. Abraham has been magnificent before (see "Amadeus" and "Mighty Aphrodite"). But here, he's saddled with the burden of playing the dumbest character in the movie, and, much like James Woods, Abraham is incapable of playing stupid. You can sense Abraham's discomfort with the character throughout, especially in his scenes with William McNamara, who plays his son and seems equally confused about what he's doing here.

John C. McGinley, who foundered for years in crap like this, "On Deadly Ground," and "Highlander II," gives yet another signature performance that's way too good for a movie of this caliber. Fortunately, he finally found a role on "Scrubs" that's worthy of his best efforts. Hopefully his days of playing minor bad guys in lame action movies are over once and for all.

Which brings us to the only real reason to see this movie, the great Gary Busey. Busey by this point had made a second career playing over-the-top villains (see "Lethal Weapon" through "Under Siege"). Here he outdoes himself. As he was probably the highest-paid actor appearing in this movie, he doesn't last very long. But he makes an impression that overshadows everything else. His long monologue (about the dog he had when he was a kid) is up there with any weirdo soliloquy that Christopher Walken's done in the last ten years, and he chews on it like he's enjoying every bite (no pun intended). Shortly after that, he has a well-choreographed fight with Ice-T. But again, could a malnourished homeless guy really hold his own against a CIA-trained total psycho who's much bigger than he is? Well, whatever. Bravo, Mr. Busey, I tip my hat to you.

In short, you can stop watching it after Busey gets his. Aside from watching some good actors struggle through a lousy script, there's nothing more to see here, folks, keep moving.


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