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To investigate bizarre insurance claims that transpired in either accidents, death or both, a former cop and an insurance investigator travel throughout the country to look at the cases up close.



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To investigate bizarre insurance claims that transpired in either accidents, death or both, a former cop and an insurance investigator travel throughout the country to look at the cases up close.

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Rated R for language, violent images, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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5 July 2006 (United Arab Emirates)  »

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Darwin Awards  »

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Did You Know?


The scene involving the JATO rocket is not the only "Mythbusters" connection in the film. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman also examined (and debunked) the story of the ice fishing with dynamite mishap in a subsequent episode of Alaska myths. Additionally, the "pulley" sequence with Michael and the filmmaker sliding up and down the building face on a rope is a slightly-altered retelling of the "barrel of bricks" myth which Adam and Jamie also investigated (and found somewhat plausible if highly unlikely). See more »


When Harvey does the u-turn with the rocket on his car, the driver has changed from right side drive to left side as the scene changes camera angles. See more »


Siri Taylor: For an ex-cop, you're kind of a pussy, aren't ya?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there's a quick scene showing the cell phone Burrows tied to a mylar balloon being found in India by a girl and her mother. Zoe the receptionist can be heard on the other end calling, "Michael? Michael?" See more »


References Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »


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Written and Performed by Scott Biram
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" If there is a certainty to life, it's that some people can't wait to die "
11 June 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Here is one movie which begins well enough and the social premise is that accidents are everywhere. The film is called " The Darwin Awards. " The theory of social stupidity and why so many people commit suicide through thoughtless accidents is redundantly explained. However, there are just as many people who don't wait for the accident to happen, they insist on accomplishing their task despite the obvious dangers and possible consequences. Michael Burrows ( Joseph Fiennes) plays a washed out policeman who cannot stand the sight of blood. Seeking employment, he is teamed up with Siri Taylor (Winona Ryder) to investigate a rash of accidents which have million dollars insurance policies. In their travels, they discover how a simple plan, can unleash a series of mishaps and behavioral actions which cause great bodily injury. With special guest in cameo roles like Wilmer Valderrama, Lukas Haas, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, director Finn Taylor creates a comedic wild ride for audiences. A laughable film which contain much slapstick, but somehow does not quite hold the story together. Nevertheless, a fun film to watch. ***

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