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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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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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Storyline

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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Are you game? 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) (2 March 2001)

Gross:

$171,478 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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1.85 : 1
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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

[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

References Police Videos (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Performed by Joy Division
Written by Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner (as Bernard Summer), Stephen Morris,
and Ian Curtis
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd. and Fractured Music
(administered in US and Canada by Zomba Enterprises Inc. ASCAP)
Courtesy of London Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Surpassed My Expectations in Every Way
21 March 2001 | by (Gaithersburg, MD) – See all my reviews

This movie is for people who like their comedies so black that the light from the screen can barely escape the film's gravitational pull.

Fortunately, I'm one of those people, and I found the film to be hilarious beyond my wildest dreams. The main thing that makes the movie's premise work is that the movie takes itself seriously. It's similar to Christopher Guest's mockumentary style in that the people in the movie are for the most part unaware of their own ridiculousness. Now, that being said the acting in the movie is excellent. There is very nice character development of the main characters, and Brooke Smith's character has to be the most appealing and interesting assassin I've seen on screen ever. Most importantly, the movie is presented exactly like a reality show which eventually draws the viewer into suspending their disbelief and accepting the ludicrous world these characters inhabit. Even the bad parts of reality shows are accurate, the narrator's overly dramatic voice, the cheesy melodramatic music to inject some false drama, the corny stock footage of the flying bird. It's all so accurate it's wickedly funny. It even parodies cop shows during a car chase. Finally, the icing on the cake is that as ridiculous as everything is, you realize that American society isn't too far off from this extreme today, and that gives the film the added bite of seriousness that propels it above being simply entertaining and makes it a true satire, This film is even more impressive considering the fact that the idea was conceived 5 years ago before the reality craze began.

I encourage people to watch Series 7 once, it's destined to become a cult classic. The last line of the movie is also laugh-out-loud funny.


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