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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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Cast

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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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Nada Despotovich ...
Michelle
Stephen Michael Rinaldi ...
Craig
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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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Rated R for strong violent content and language | See all certifications »
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25 May 2001 (Italy)  »

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Box Office

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$28,844 (USA) (2 March 2001)

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$171,478 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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Trivia

While it premiered months after the TV series Survivor (2000) and Big Brother (2000), the project predates both shows. The concept for the movie was originally pitched as a TV series in 1998. See more »

Goofs

The truck's tires are perfectly intact, despite during the helicopter shots sparks flying up and the commentator telling us his tires had blown out and he was riding on his rims. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jeff: Shit!
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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

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 3 March 2001 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Bulletproof Cupid
Written and Performed by Girls Against Boys
Published by Action Collar Music/BMI
Courtesy of Touch and Go Records
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sharp, kinetic reality TV satire
24 December 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

These days it is difficult to satirize reality TV and reality video because material like THE LITTLEST GROOM, THE AMAZING RACE, BOOT CAMP, SURVIVOR and BUMFIGHTS already exist.

SERIES 7: THE CONTENDERS is an ultra-efficient rendering of the imagined next step in reality programming in which "contenders" must kill in order to survive.

To their credit, the filmmakers never step outside the game itself.

Clever graphics, voice-overs and reality-style camera-work achieve a high level of illusion. The "contenders" themselves are well characterized and we get to understand the complexities that drive them.

As entertainment SERIES 7 is seductive and exciting. As satire it is sharp and black as pitch.


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