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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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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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$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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Near the end of the movie it states that it is "Three Days later in Seattle" and the skyline that is shown is clearly that of Philadelphia. Skyscrapers Liberty Place One and Two in Center City are shown. 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 The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »

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The Goldberg Variations
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Performed by Harry Cohen
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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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