A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writer:

Eric Bernt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice-T ... Jack Mason
Rutger Hauer ... Thomas Burns
Charles S. Dutton ... Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
Gary Busey ... Doc Hawkins
F. Murray Abraham ... Wolfe Sr.
John C. McGinley ... John Griffin
William McNamara ... Derek Wolfe Jr
Jeff Corey ... Hank
Bob Minor ... Security Guard
Lawrence C. McCoy Lawrence C. McCoy ... Hotel Clerk
George Fisher ... Taxi Driver
Jacqui Dickerson Jacqui Dickerson ... Taxi Passenger
Victor Morris ... Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. Frederic Collins Jr. ... Homeless Child
Steven King Steven King ... Mercedes Driver
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Storyline

Jack Mason (Ice-T), who lives on the streets, wants to cease his life when on the same day his two best friends die: his dog and an older man with whom he shared his food and roof. Just in time, Walter Cole (Charles S. Dutton), from a charity organization, can prevent his suicide and also offers him a quite well-paid job as servant for a hunting party in the Rocky Mountains. Mason accepts the job and flies with them to a hut in the wilderness where they prepare everything for the four rich businessmen who want to hunt something special. Mason does not yet know that he is the victim of their sport that should lead to the basic insticts of man, but they did not count on his cleverness. Written by Volker Boehm

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The rules are simple: kill or be killed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is one of numerous movies based on the short story "The Most Dangerous Game", written by Richard Connell, first published in 1924 in Collier's Magazine.The first movie based on the story, was The Most Dangerous Game (1932), and featured Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, and Leslie Banks. See more »

Goofs

After Mason jumps in the river and swims downstream, he discovers his cigarettes are still dry. This despite the fact he was completely submerged and his clothing was drenched. See more »

Quotes

Jack Mason: [Burns, wanting to test Mason's endurance, offers him twenty dollars to run twenty minutes on a treadmill] For twenty dollars I'll run to fucking Alaska!
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Version of Deadly Prey (1987) See more »

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Flamenco Sketches
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Don't Mess With the Homeless
25 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Beverage guy Ice T plays a down and out "bum" that is given a job to help a group of guys at a hunting lodge...or so he thinks. In reality, he is to be the prey. Surviving the Game is a reworking of the timeless classic story by Richard Connell "The Most Dangerous Game." Ice T ends up running from this group of selfish, arrogant, and sadistic killers that feel no remorse or shame for killing this man because he is a homeless vagrant. He matches wits with his opponents and then some. This film can best be described as entertainment. It isn't full of great acting..the acting is acceptable with a few good performances out of Rutger Hauer(Man this guy can be scary) and Charles Dutton. The rest are merely adequate...a means to develop the plot and move things along. The story is pretty good but has some flaws, but the film is full of action and suspense.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surviving the Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,907,468, 17 April 1994

Gross USA:

$7,727,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,727,256
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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