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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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Cast

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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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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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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

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,690,013 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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's and is now Bruce Transitional Housing for the homeless. See more »

Goofs

When Wolfe Sr. is shooting at Mason in the dark he empties the magazine of his semi-automatic. There are sounds of him pulling the trigger and the hammer falling on empty chambers as if the gun is empty but it can be seen that the slide is locked back and therefore the trigger would not be able to operate the hammer. See more »

Quotes

Jack Mason: [Aiming the gun at Burns] BANG!
Jack Mason: Game over.
[Unloads the gun, discards bullets.Drops the gun and starts walking away]
Burns: [Burns gets up, picks up the gun, sees one bullet and loads it] It's my lucky day. Hey, Mason!
Jack Mason: Burns, there's something you should always do when you find a gun.
Burns: [Close up of gun, camera pulls in tight: we see barrel is obstructed] Say goodbye.
Jack Mason: [Burns fires - the gun explodes, killing Burns instantly] ALWAYS check the barrel.
[Walks off into distance]
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Connections

Version of Mindhunters (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Flamenco Sketches
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Crazy action fun on the run
8 May 2000 | by (Savramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This was a movie I fell in favor of instantly, seeing a man on the run for his life from a band of sadistic hunters whose prey are humans rather than animals. It was so very amazing to see Ice-T as the man on the run who gave the hunters more than what they had all bargained for. Even the collection of hunters involved, headed up by Rutger Hauer and featuring the likes of an esoteric cast such as Charles S. Dutton, John C. McGinley, William McNamara (an actually unwilling participant in this ordeal), Gary Busey and F. Murray Abraham make for a band of human flesh hunters enough to make anybody run for cover. All-in-all, the type of movie for anyone to see for an idea of how the human mind can extend to the point of insanity with regard to whose life is important versus whose life is not. As the slogan of the movie goes, Never underestimate a man--or a woman(!)--who has nothing to lose.


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