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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... See more »

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Jack Mason
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Thomas Burns
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Walter Cole (as Charles Dutton)
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Doc Hawkins
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Wolfe Sr.
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John Griffin
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Derek Wolfe Jr
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Hank
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Security Guard
Lawrence C. McCoy ...
Hotel Clerk
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Taxi Driver
Jacqui Dickerson ...
Taxi Passenger
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Homeless Father
Frederic Collins Jr. ...
Homeless Child
Steven King ...
Mercedes Driver
Sheila Scott ...
Bag Lady
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1st Trophy Hunted
Kevin Harris ...
Homeless Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Tubbs ...
Food Line Bum (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ernest R. Dickerson ... (as Ernest Dickerson)

Written by

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Eric Bernt ... (written by)

Produced by

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Fred C. Caruso ... co-producer (as Fred Caruso)
Kevin J. Messick ... executive producer
David Permut ... producer

Music by

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Stewart Copeland

Cinematography by

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Bojan Bazelli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Samuel D. Pollard ... (as Sam Pollard)

Editorial Department

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Sheri Altman ... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Winston Anthony Casey ... apprentice editor
Geeta Gandbhir ... assistant editor
Tula Goenka ... associate film editor
Emily Gumpel ... apprentice editor
Camille Lowry ... apprentice editor
William Pine ... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Susan M. Wagner ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Jodi Rothfield

Production Design by

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Christiaan Wagener

Art Direction by

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Madlyne Marcom

Set Decoration by

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George Toomer Jr.

Costume Design by

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Donna Berwick ... co-costume designer
Ruth E. Carter

Makeup Department

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Joe Colwell ... sculptor lab work
Debra Denson ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Vonda K. Morris ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Thomas E. Surprenant ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Miling Tippitt ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Fred C. Caruso ... unit production manager
Debra D. Jeffreys ... production supervisor
Ric Keeley ... post-production supervisor
Deborah Moore ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Brodsky ... second second assistant director
Randy Fletcher ... first assistant director
James Hapsas ... second assistant director

Art Department

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David M. Bowen ... set dresser
Al Eisenmann ... property master
Chris Karges ... set dresser
Michael Moran ... set dresser
Ashley Oliver ... art department coordinator
John Reneau ... on-set dresser
Matt Skerritt ... set dresser
Brannon Wright ... specialty props

Sound Department

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Felipe Borrero ... production sound mixer
Harry Cohen ... sound effects editor
David Farmer ... sound effects editor
Terry Fiyalko ... dialogue editor
William Freesh ... re-recording mixer
Tim Gedemer ... sound effects editor
Brian Geer ... foley mixer
Robert Guastini ... adr recordist
Charles R. Hunt ... boom operator
Alexander Mortimer ... sound assistant
Vince Nicastro ... foley artist
Tony Sereno ... re-recording mixer
Cathie Speakman ... sound editor
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Charles Tomaras ... second boom operator / utility sound
Jeff Vaughn ... foley editor
Ben Wilkins ... sound effects editor
Steven D. Williams ... supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

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John Eggett ... special effects
Werner Hahnlein ... special effects foreman
Joseph P. Mercurio ... special effects coordinator
Ron Petruccione ... special effects
Beecher Tomlinson ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Paul Boyington ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Richard L. Blackwell ... stunt double: William "Billy" McNamara
David Boushey ... stunts
Scott Duthie ... stunt double: Gary Busey
George Fisher ... stunts
Jeff Jensen ... stunts
Rob King ... stunts (as Bob King)
Steven Lambert ... stunts
Gene LeBell ... stunts
Tom Lupo ... stunts
Dwayne McGee ... stunts
Bob Minor ... stunt coordinator
Marvin C. Newton ... stunts
Rex Pierson ... stunts
John Robotham ... stunts
Jim Stephan ... stunts (as Jim Stephen)
Edward Tubbs ... stunt driver
Eddie L. Watkins ... stunts (as Eddie Watkins)

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Billinger III ... camera operator
Greg Fausak ... grip
Michael Gallart ... best boy
Terence Graves ... second assistant camera
John Holmes ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Joseph Minardi ... key grip
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... gaffer
Melvin Pukowsky ... best boy grip
Robert Sandidge ... grip (grip)
D. Stevens ... still photographer
Stephen Thorp ... lighting technician
Henry Tirl ... first assistant camera: "a" camera / steadicam assistant
Tim Tyler ... assistant camera: Video Village

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dana Campbell ... key costumer
Jalene Murphy ... wardrobe assistant
Paul A. Simmons Jr. ... wardrobe supervisor (as Paul Simmons)
Omar J. Simmons ... costumer

Location Management

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Andrew Grob ... location scout
Lynn Murphy ... location manager
Brett Haas ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael T. Andreas ... midi transcriptions
Stanley Clarke ... bass
Michael Dittrick ... music editor
Toby Emmerich ... executive producer
Judd Miller ... musician
Blake Martin Moulin ... assistant music editor
Jeff Seitz ... engineer
Michael Thompson ... musician

Script and Continuity Department

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Helen Pinkston ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Mark Bangsund ... stand-in
Gordon Briody ... climbing advisor: safety
Elloise Dover ... assistant: Mr. Dutton
Leon Dudevoir ... production executive
Susan D. Fowler ... production coordinator
Eddie Joe ... production assistant
Siri Khalsa-Colly ... production assistant
Clint Meyers ... weapons technician
Jim Mott ... stand-in
Eugene B. Roy Jr. ... stand-in
Jewels Satterfield ... set key production assistant
Lon Stickney ... helicopter pilot
Kevin M. Tyler ... assistant production coordinator
David M. Whiting ... stand-in
Marsha Zvonkin ... production accountant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. ... inventory services (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Jack Mason knows he's going to die someday. But today he's not in the mood. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Que la chasse commence! (France)
  • Tötet ihn! (Germany)
  • Sobrevivir al juego (Spain)
  • Juego de supervivencia (Spain)
  • Preživeti igru (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia No sets or sound stages were used. The entire movie was shot in real locations. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Bad Girls/The Inkwell/Naked in New York/Brainscan/Surviving the Game (1994). See more »
Soundtracks The Goldberg Variations 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.
[He pulls the trigger and his rifle backfires explosively, killing him instead of Mason]
Jack Mason: ALWAYS check the barrel.
[He continues walking off into the moonlit evening, as the credits roll]
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