Surviving the Game (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  15 April 1994 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
Wolfe Sr.
John Griffin
Derek Wolfe Jr
Security Guard
Lawrence C. McCoy ...
Hotel Clerk
Taxi Driver
Jacqui Dickerson ...
Taxi Passenger
Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. ...
Homeless Child
Steven King ...
Mercedes Driver


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Jack Mason knows he's going to die someday. But today he's not in the mood. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$7,400,000 (estimated)


$7,690,013 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the ending of the movie taking place in Seattle, for some reason production filmed and used an established shot of Philadelphia from the vantage point of the South Street Bridge. Several key identifiable landmarks are visible in this shot and there is obviously nothing resembling a Space Needle to even vaguely pass it off as the intended location. Why they did this has never been revealed. See more »


When Mason fights Wolfe Sr, it's still pretty dark, but in the shot of Burns driving away there's quite a bit of light. We see one shot of Mason shouting - dark again - and then Mason too gets on an ATV - and suddenly there's a lot more light. See more »


Burns: Alright. Let's get the turkey!
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Version of The Most Dangerous Game See more »


Doing the Best I Can
Written by C. Marshall and R. Matthews
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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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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