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Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

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

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Dairy Mart Clerk
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Joseph Barrett ...
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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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£105,118 (UK) (1 June 2001)

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£203,244 (UK) (8 June 2001)
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Writer/Director Daniel Minahan's childhood friend, Dawn Lagarto, is given a "Special Thanks" credit. He originally wrote the story using her name for the main character. When it came time to start filming the producers had legal concerns regarding the use of a real person's name, but actress Brooke Smith felt an affinity for the name and wanted to retain it for her character. Minahan called the real Dawn Lagarto and got her blessing to use the name. The real Dawn Lagarto is not an unwed mother, has never participated in a reality TV series, and has never killed anyone. See more »

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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 »

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One Dose of Truth
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Almost there or too far?
3 February 2002 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I think what strikes me about this movie is the problems it had. The first problem is when you have a show that is produced like this, than you need the actors to deliver a certain way. In this movie, they tend to stick with what they know and they act like they would in any other movie. With a reality based spoof you have to talk and act like normal people.

The second bit that I don't like is most of the time I am either wanting them to take the ridiculous antics of everyone, turn it up a notch, and make me squirm or take it down a notch so it doesn't seem so stupid. You have to pick one or the other friends, you can't hang out in the middle.


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