Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Michael Leeson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Sonny Paluso
Robin Williams ... Donald Quinelle
Jerry Reed ... Jack Locke
James Wainwright ... Wes Huntley
Kristen Vigard Kristen Vigard ... Candice Paluso
Annie McEnroe ... Doreen
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Betty
Bernard Barrow Bernard Barrow ... TV station manager
Marian Hailey Marian Hailey ... Jack's Wife
Joseph Carberry ... Detective Matt Burke
Skipp Lynch Skipp Lynch ... Wiley
Marilyn Cooper Marilyn Cooper ... Waitress
Meg Mundy ... Mace Lover
Yudie Bank Yudie Bank ... Accosted Old Lady
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Gun Salesman (as Michael Moran)
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Storyline

Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle are two unfortunate people who have just lost their jobs; Sonny's gas station has been blown away and Donald has just been fired by his boss's parrot! But that day, their lives change when they prevent a robber from holding up a bar, and they become heroes. Unfortunately, Jack (the robber) gets away, and when he sees Donald's face on the TV, he decides to go after them. In the meantime, Donald becomes obsessed with guns and leaves for the mountains to join a survivalist group... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Your basic survival comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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The film's director, Michael Ritchie, being aware of the heart condition and recent bypass surgery of co-star Walter Matthau, when on the filming location in South Lake Tahoe in California, decreased his working week from six days to a standard five day week, as this reduced the risk of cardiovascular problems, which could occur due to the high altitudes which have lower levels of available oxygen. See more »

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During the robbery, the teenagers remove their jackets just before the gunman moves to the counter and tells the old man on the till to join the others. In the next shot, when the old man joins the group, the teenagers can be seen removing their jackets again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Betty: Mr. Quinelle!
Donald Quinelle: Morning, Betty!
Betty: Mr. Stoddard would like you to step into the board room.
Donald Quinelle: He wants to see me?
Betty: You can go right in.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Written by Richard Wagner
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someone's gotta survive...I think
5 October 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Survivors" is characteristic of Robin Williams's movies before "Good Morning, Vietnam": innocuously silly. In this case, he and Walter Matthau join up after surviving a robbery, and Williams becomes a survivalist. The whole thing is pretty goofy - maybe even pointless - but some of the gags make up for that. I will say that it's not the funniest movie for either star by a long shot; both have done far better than this. But, it's the sort of movie that you sit around in your underwear and watch; it does a respectable job showing both stars' talents. Good for a few laughs.

Shooting a man's gun. Ha!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Survivors See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairlee, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,044,927, 26 June 1983

Gross USA:

$14,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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