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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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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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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 thrill is the kill. 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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$7,400,000 (estimated)

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$7,690,013 (USA)
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Trivia

Almost all of the scenes that are depicted in the "city" are filmed within a two block area in downtown Wenatchee, Washington. The area filmed was in a two block perimeter of Mission, Orondo, Palouse and Columbia streets with the majority of the film scenes in the alley way behind the Liberty Theater off of Mission St. This area also includes the infamous Bruce Hotel which is still there today; however it has not been a hotel since the early 2000 and is now Bruce Transitional Housing for the homeless. See more »

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Soon after Doc Hawkins is killed we see him in the background riding his ATV with the rest of the group. A huge crowd of the production crew can also be seen in this very same shot. See more »

Quotes

Jack Mason: You're the doctor? You only look like a doctor to me.
Doc Hawkins: I'm a psychiatrist.
Jack Mason: You're a shrink?
Doc Hawkins: What? Does this surprise you?
Jack Mason: You don't look like that kind of person whom fucked up rich people are getting money to, you know, tell their personal shit.
Doc Hawkins: I'm working for the company. That's CIA. I know these two getlemen's personal shit completely.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom (2011) 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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This Movie Needed a Script Rewrite.
29 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been so much better with a script rewrite. Not that I expect a great deal of plausibility in movies, but you'd think that even the homeless and urban-dwelling Jack Mason would question why a group of experienced hunters would want to hire him as a hunting guide. And upon reaching the hunting grounds, poor Ice-T plays his part as if he is actually going to lead these men through woods he's never seen before.

And how does Jack Mason find Thomas Burns back in Seattle?

I'm assuming this movie was based on Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." A few years ago I showed this movie to a class of 9th grade students after they read the story. I reedited the movie, cutting out all the pointless scenes and all the profanity. It ended up being 43 minutes long.


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