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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 »


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The landing strip and cabin seen in the movie is actually Lake Wenatchee State Airport, which is very close to civilization, the exact opposite of the fictional location in the movie. The cabin has since been torn down and replaced with larger buildings a few yards to the south-east. See more »

Goofs

When Wolfe Sr. is shooting at Mason in the dark he empties the magazine of his semi-automatic. There are sounds of him pulling the trigger and the hammer falling on empty chambers as if the gun is empty but it can be seen that the slide is locked back and therefore the trigger would not be able to operate the hammer. See more »

Quotes

Jack Mason: [last lines, while aiming Burns' own custom-modified hunting rifle at him] BANG! Game over.
[He unloads the gun and discards the bullets, then drops the rifle and turns away. As Mason walks off, Burns gets up and recovers his gun]
Burns: [reloading his weapon] This is my lucky day. Hey, Mason...!
[Mason doesn't even look back]
Jack Mason: Burns, there's one thing you should do first, when you find a gun.
[a closeup of Burns' hunting rifle reveals that Mason has jammed it with a tightly-wadded cigarette]
Burns: ...Say cheese.
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The Goldberg Variations
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Modern version of the Most Dangerous Game, where a human is hunted for sport.
6 August 1998 | by Brad K.See all my reviews

Entertaining movie, especially for the fans of the short story, The Most Dangerous Game. Rapper/Actor Ice-T (Richochet, New Jack City) is a homeless man hired by a bunch of rich people to help them in their hunt. Soon he realizes that he is the prey. The rich hunters are led by Rutger Hauer (Nighthawks, Mr. Stich). The hunters are equipped with different types of guns and smaller vehicles, while Ice-T is forced to use his street smarts to beat them in the secluded wilderness. The other hunters include Gary Busey (Point Break, Lost Highway), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Mimic), Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, Alien 3), and John McGilney (The Rock, Nothing To Lose). This is a fast paced movie, although the first half hour is mainly character development for Ice-T. It is very entertaining, the script's dialogue is fairly poor, but who cares in an action movie. Ice-T does a good job at making you want him to win. Rutger Hauer, Charles S. Dutton, F. Murray Abraham are all good at being evil, but the best performance of the bad guys is John McGilney who has an extra reason to want to kill a homeless man. The movie is a solid hour and a half of entertainment, but don't be expecting anything more.


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