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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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6 contestants, 6 guns, no rules! 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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$28,844 (USA) (2 March 2001)

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$171,478 (USA) (30 March 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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Narrator: He is in intensive care following a self-inflicted knife wound to the back.
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After the title credits, a warning appears "Due to the graphic nature of this program, viewer discretion is advised." See more »

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References America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) See more »

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One Dose of Truth
Written and Performed by Girls Against Boys
Published by Action Collar Music/BMI
Courtesy of Touch and Go Records
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Great Idea, Pathetic Execution (pun intended)
14 November 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had good expectations for this movie before watching it. Unfortunately, the plot is hugely flawed and fails to make a definitive statement.

The director fails to decide if the movie should be satirical or a series look at reality t.v taken to the nth degree. Obviously, no research was performed to form a consistent set of rules for the contenders. Seriously lacking is the background of the contenders and the motivation for even signing up. The result is a formless romp which actually has no basis in reality, thereby losing it's shock value and it's satirical pointedness.

Perhaps, one of the points of the movie was about formless violence, but even then, it failed to deliver. Other movies that demonstrate mindless violence has method within the madness. No such attempt was made to develop and construct rules for within.

The slight twist at the end was already predetermined. I sat through the whole movie thinking why don't they just "do it" already?

On a positive note, the performances by the actors were strong and convincing (with what little they had to work with).

Disappointing. Watch the first 20 minutes and the last 20 minutes. 4 out of 10.


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