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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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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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You Can Not Run. You Can Not Hide. You Can Not Refuse To Play. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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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

Jeff: I've got nothing to live for, but I don't wanna die.
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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 Cops (1989) 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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How Reality TV shows really should be...
10 June 2001 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This film is many things - an insight into the future of Reality TV - a very funny black comedy - and a touching story of people forced beyond the edge of reason.

Recommended if you love or hate Reality TV shows, the film is set as back to back episodes of series 7 of The Contenders, an American show where the current champion and five randomly selected challengers have to kill or be killed - and the winner gets to appear in the next series.

Proof, if proof were needed, that a good film with a good script does not need well-known actors to be a success.


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