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 ultimate manhunt. 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?


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's and is now Bruce Transitional Housing for the homeless. 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 »


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 Dangerous Game (1953) See more »


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