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The Survivors (1983)

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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A memorable, hilarious comedy about two loveable losers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A túlélők 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's closing credits declare: "The Producers would like to thank the following who have helped make this picture possible: The New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, Edelman's Guns Store, Lake Morey Inn, U.S. Forestry Service." See more »

Goofs

When Donald shows his new "Assault Rifle" to his fiancé, he tells her it's "308 caliber with a... *snaps stock open* Folding stock". In fact, it's not. Donald's rifle is actually a Finnish Valmet Model 76 chambered in .223/5.56mm. While the Valmet 76 was available in .308/7.62 NATO, Donald's rifle is clearly, as noted by the size & shape of the magazine, the .223/5.56 model. 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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do It Every Time: Part Two (1992) See more »

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WHEN YOU'RE SMILING (THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU)
by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay
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Better Comedy than the RATING
23 November 2006 | by tommyboy-16See all my reviews

I think it is an underrated movie and very funny. I thought Robin,Walter and Jerry were great I don't rate movies that are strictly comedy as high as others, but for comedies I think this is one of the better ones out there.

I happen to know a few survivalist and I thought the way this movie made fun of that was accurate. I love some of the one liners in this movie.

I just don't think Robin Williams or the rest of the crew get their just credit for this movie. Maybe people don't think anything with guns is funny, but I did


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