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Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

A TV program selects people at random to kill one another for fame and their freedom.

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Dawn
Mark Woodbury ...
Dairy Mart Clerk
Michael Kaycheck ...
Tony
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Connie
Richard Venture ...
Franklin
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Sheila
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Lindsay
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Jeff
Angelina Phillips ...
Doria
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Dawn's Cameraman
Nada Despotovich ...
Michelle
Stephen Michael Rinaldi ...
Craig
Alex Yershov ...
Nathan
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Bob
Joe Barrett ...
Doctor
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Ever seen the show "Survivor" and wished they would just start killing each other?? Series 7 literally gives its contestants the guns. The film is not merely a satire on reality TV. It is an example of just how far people will shamelessly go for fame. 6 contenders are pitted against each other in a no holds barred, kill or be killed contest. The reigning champ is Dawn, a hard-nosed, mother-to-be. We go back and forth between Dawn and the other 5 contenders to see if someone can dethrone Dawn and become the new Champion. What is the prize? How are the contestants picked? These questions are not as important as asking yourself how shameless has our society become? Written by Jeff Mellinger <jmell@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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We've left them on an island, and seen if they could last. We've locked them in a house, and watched what they would do. And now, we've given them weapons. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violent content and language | See all certifications »
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25 May 2001 (Italy)  »

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Series 7  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,844 (USA) (4 March 2001)

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$171,478 (USA) (1 April 2001)
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Trivia

The idea for this project came to Daniel Minahan after he worked for a reality TV show. See more »

Goofs

The truck Tony drives off with the baby in is a Ford Ranger (a mid-size truck). The stock footage of a chase from a helicopter shows a truck that is supposed to be Tony's, but is now a full-sized Chevy. Back in the close-ups, it's a Ford Ranger again. See more »

Quotes

Dispatch Operator: Has her water broke?
Connie: Yes, all over my floor.
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Crazy Credits

After the title credits, a warning appears "Due to the graphic nature of this program, viewer discretion is advised." See more »

Connections

References ER (1994) See more »

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Let Me Come Back
Written and Performed by Girls Against Boys
Published by Action Collar Music/BMI
Courtesy of Touch and Go Records
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The Vidiot Reviews...
22 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Series 7: The Contenders

The best part of watching people kill each other on TV is betting on who the winner will be.

By the way, the returning champ in this dark comedy is not a sure bet.

If Dawn (Brooke Smith) survives the next round of the kill-or-be-killed reality show The Contenders, her and her unborn baby will go free.

However, included in the other 5 random contestants is Dawn's ailing ex-boyfriend (Glenn Fitzgerald) who wants her to be the one who terminates him.

Meanwhile, the other contestants accumulate weapons and begin stalking the title-holder.

Things get worse when Dawn goes into labor.

Narrated by Will Arnett, this 2001 satire of the-then fledgling genre is told entirely through reality camera lens - a method that can be comical and constrictive on the narrative.

Fortunately, the violence and soundtrack help round the edges.

Incidentally, if contestants sang while killing, this show would be even bigger.

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