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Surviving the Game (1994)

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 ...
Taxi Passenger
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Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. ...
Homeless Child
Steven King ...
Mercedes Driver
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Anthropino thirama  »

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Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

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$7,690,013 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Cole: The only thing I miss up here is a sport page. I'm so used getting up, having my morning coffee and opening up the sport page.
Burns: I don't read newspapers anymore. They're like a mirror of the world's ugliness. I like beautiful things.
Doc Hawkins: [Doc gets up very enthusiastically] I'm ready to go. Let's go
Burns: Relax, Doc, digest your food.
Doc Hawkins: Wasting time.
Burns: We gotta give him some more time.
Doc Hawkins: No.
Burns: Think of this as foreplay.
Doc Hawkins: Nevermind foreplay, I'm talking about...
[Sharply interrupted]
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Version of Turkey Shoot (1982) 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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Good Movie, But Could Have Done Better
28 January 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This was New Line Cinema's 1994 response to Universal Picture's 'Hard Target'(1993). Though the character development and plot played out much better and the movie reviews prove this is the better movie to watch, it is no doubt that it is very close in story line to the Van Damme film.

A Seattle strung out alley man, down on his last stroke of will is given an opportunity to bring his life around in finance and come out on top for once. The catch is he is to be in the company of a group of poachers on a trip away from the mainland. The Seattle man agrees and is greeted with mostly open arms at a private cabin somewhere in the open Pacific wilderness. He finds out the next day he's to run for his life or end up as a formaldehyde trophy head.

The action is quite intense and brings into play thoughts of what a person might try to do if they were put into the same position.

Using an excellent cast and a decent story development this movie is definitely one worth renting a few times or even adding to your video collection.


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