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Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

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Dawn
Mark Woodbury ...
Dairy Mart Clerk
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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
Joseph 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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£105,118 (UK) (1 June 2001)

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£203,244 (UK) (8 June 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 »

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The Ultimate Reality Show
25 June 2002 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is the ultimate show of its kind - six people play a 'Survivor' game, but this is real survival - they will kill one another until only one survives. They are selected by chance, we have no clue why, and there seems to be no price. The only thing the winner earns is getting enrolled in another mortal round.

The formula works pretty well for the first half. Good, fast filming, credible acting, interesting characters. The problem is that by the second half the needed development of the characters does not happen, and for lack of anything else the script falls into previsible melodrama. It's a miss, but still the film is worth viewing, and it really says something about our sensation thirsty society.


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