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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.


(as Ernest Dickerson)


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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

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The thrill is the kill. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The address of Hell's Canyon Outfitters as detailed on the business card that Cole hands Mason is 1 5th Ave, Seattle. In real life there is no such address and the starting point of 5th Avenue is a section of monorail track. The phone number is apparently (206) 555-2829. The actual location is an office building on Orondo Street in Wenatchee, Washington. See more »


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 »


[Mason and Hank has just stolen some meat]
Security Guard: Well-well, I finally caught your ass.
Hank: We're just hungry, partner. Give us a break will ya?
Jack Mason: Yo man, we don't want no trouble, we'll give it back!
Security Guard: To hell with giving it back! It's already been contaminated with your filth! Somebody's going to PAY!
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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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