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Spree (1979)

Survival Run (original title)
A group of teenagers drive out into the desert in search of sex, beer, and general good times. When their van breaks down, they find a group of prospectors who welcome the kids and offer ... See full summary »


Larry Spiegel


G.M. Cahill (screenplay), G.M. Cahill (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Graves ... Kandaris
Ray Milland ... Professor
Vincent Van Patten ... Chip
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Sal
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Brian (as Robby Weaver)
Susan Pratt ... Stephanie (as Susan Pratt O'Hanlon)
Marianne Sauvage Marianne Sauvage ... Angela
Randi Meryl Randi Meryl ... Dianne
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Rico (as Danny Ades)
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Paco
Gonzalo Vega ... Batista
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Rheiner
Conrad Hool ... Corto (as Alan Conrad)
Elizabeth Kerr ... Cafe Lady
Hymie Habif Hymie Habif ... Cafe Man


A group of teenagers drive out into the desert in search of sex, beer, and general good times. When their van breaks down, they find a group of prospectors who welcome the kids and offer them a place to stay until they can get help. It soon becomes evident, however, that there is more to these prospectors than they claim, and soon the teens are fleeing for their lives. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Abused. Battered. Cornered. Six Kids Become Killers to Live! See more »


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Professor: Treasure, my child, is in the eye of the beholder. And from an old man's vantage point, your youth is a treasure greater than all of the gold in all of the deserts in all of the world. Welcome to our somewhat humble surroundings.
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Alternate Versions

There are two different versions of this film. One without nudity, which is the U.S version, and one with nudity, which was not used for Film Ventures was hoping for a PG rating when they released this in the U.S. See more »


It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Music and Lyrics by Bob Rafkin
1978 Treasure Tower Music
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This will not compare with the more expensive action films of today!
20 October 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

DULL is the word to describe this lost little film made by a studio on poverty row. I'm surprised this had some airplay on TV, but that ain't the point! Boring would be another word to use. Yes, SURVIVAL RUN starts off with a 70s van that is soon going to crash into the deserted wasteland. The lucky teens survive, but fall victim to canyon drug smugglers where they cannot escape alive. Sounds like an exciting thrill, doesn't it? Nope! Not even the action elements would make this any better, which were kinda fun. Like other suspense-action movies of yesteryear, the plot was fair and simple: seeing good win over evil, which has recently become constantly boring this day in age. The lack of superior excitement and a basic plot drowns SURVIVAL RUN into the abyss. Thousands more action films like this one managed to be far better, but this title has easily been dated!

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Release Date:

27 April 1979 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Baja California, Mexico See more »


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$850,000 (estimated)
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