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Surviving the Game (1994)

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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

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

Mason, 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 Cole, 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 sports that should lead to the basic insticts of man, but they did not count with his cleverness... Written by Volker Boehm

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Jack Mason knows he's going to die someday. But today he's not in the mood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anthropino thirama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,727,256
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all of the "city" scenes were filmed in downtown Wenatchee, Washington. Most scenes were filmed with a two-block perimeter of Mission, Orondo, Palouse, and Columbia streets, plus the alley behind the Liberty Theater off of Mission St. The area includes the infamous Bruce Hotel, which became Bruce Transitional Housing, for the homeless, in the early 2000s. See more »

Goofs

When Rutger Hauer's character spots the cave Mason is hiding in, it is illuminated by orange light (as if a fire was lit inside). In the next scene, inside the cave, it is lit with the blue light from a flashlight. See more »

Quotes

Doc Hawkins: [Doc tackles Mason to the ground with his knife drawn, then suddenly discards the knife] We're going bare hands...! Tell your wife and kid I said hello, Dog-turd!
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Soundtracks

The Goldberg Variations
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Performed by Harry Cohen
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This Movie Needed a Script Rewrite.
29 July 2005 | by thebobofueSee all my reviews

This movie could have been so much better with a script rewrite. Not that I expect a great deal of plausibility in movies, but you'd think that even the homeless and urban-dwelling Jack Mason would question why a group of experienced hunters would want to hire him as a hunting guide. And upon reaching the hunting grounds, poor Ice-T plays his part as if he is actually going to lead these men through woods he's never seen before.

And how does Jack Mason find Thomas Burns back in Seattle?

I'm assuming this movie was based on Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." A few years ago I showed this movie to a class of 9th grade students after they read the story. I reedited the movie, cutting out all the pointless scenes and all the profanity. It ended up being 43 minutes long.


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