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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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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 ...
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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 ultimate manhunt. See more »


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

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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 Wolfe Sr. is shooting at Mason in the dark he empties the magazine of his semi-automatic. There are sounds of him pulling the trigger and the hammer falling on empty chambers as if the gun is empty but it can be seen that the slide is locked back and therefore the trigger would not be able to operate the hammer. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Driver: [a taxi had just ran over Mason's dog]
[Taxi driver pointing at blood painted over the front-end of the cab]
Taxi Driver: What about my taxi!
Jack Mason: Yo', man, fuck yo' taxi!
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Version of Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) See more »

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Flamenco Sketches
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Awesome, A Great Movie
2 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Homeless Mason (Ice-T) is taken under the wing of soup-kitchen worker Cole (Charles S. Dutton) and businessman Burns (Rutger Hauer), offered a comfortable position as a tour guide at Burns' ranch, and taken out there by private plane. Mason meets other hunters (F. Murray Abraham, Gary Busey, John C. McGinley, and William McNamara). Turns out things are good to be true, and the thing being hunted is Mason himself.

A great movie. Flawless, and exactly what an action movie should be. It has you asking questions, wondering what you would do in that situation. It's a tour-de-force, with outstanding performances by everyone involved. The villains are vile and Ice-T is a great hero. The action is tight and believable.

I can't endorse it enough, this is a great movie. Enjoy.


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