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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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The rules are simple: kill or be killed. 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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Anthropino thirama  »

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$7,400,000 (estimated)

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$7,690,013 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Jack Mason: [Burns, wanting to test Mason's endurance, offers him twenty dollars to run twenty minutes on a treadmill] For twenty dollars I'll run to fucking Alaska!
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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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Familiar but an fine action-thriller.
2 May 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mason (Ice-T) is a homeless man searching for Redemption after the lost of his family, his only friend and his dog. But Mason is recruited by a band of wealthy hunters (Rutger Hauer, Charles S. Dutton, John C. McGinley, William McNarama, Gary Busey and Oscar-Winner:F.Murray Abraham) as a guide for the Pacific Northwest. But Mason finds himself to be the target by these perverse mens. Which this hunters are obsessed with this cruel sport.

Directed by Ernest Dickerson (Bones, Bulletproof, Tales from the Crypt Presents:Demon Knight) made an action-packed thriller. This has good performances by the cast with some memorable sequences. This slightly underrated film was an box office disappointment and it was similar theme with John Woo's "Hard Target". Which it was release a year before.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an fine-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also includes the Original Theatrical Trailer and Cast & Crew information. This is a must for action-fans. They will find plenty to enjoy in this thriller. Written by Eric Bernt (The Hitcher "2007", Romeo Must Die, Virtuosity). (****/*****).


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