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Survival Skills (2020)

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Survival Skills is a lost training video from the 1980s. In it, Jim, the perfect policeman, gets in over his head when he tries to resolve a domestic violence case outside the law.

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Quinn Armstrong

Writer:

Quinn Armstrong
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Credited cast:
Stacy Keach ... The Narrator
Vayu O'Donnell ... Jim Williams
Spencer Garrett ... The Chief
Ericka Kreutz ... Allison Lohmann
Tyra Colar ... Jenny
Emily Chisholm ... Leah Jenning
Bradford Farwell Bradford Farwell ... Mark Jenning
Madeline Anderson Madeline Anderson ... Lauren Jenning
Alex Matthews Alex Matthews ... Howard
R. Hamilton Wright R. Hamilton Wright ... Jim's Dad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatiana Carr ... Jane
Tim Gouran Tim Gouran ... Motorcyclist
Ryan Higgins Ryan Higgins ... The Knife Instructor
Christine Kellogg-Darrin ... Hannah
Shawn Law ... Jason
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Survival Skills is a lost training video from the 1980s. In it, Jim, the perfect policeman, gets in over his head when he tries to resolve a domestic violence case outside the law.

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police | domestic violence | 80s | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Drama

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The Narrator: The mark of a good cop is that he never makes the same mistake three times.
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What is real?
5 September 2020 | by sachaput50See all my reviews

This film begins as a spoof of training videos on VHS. The movie uses this device quite well, including rewinds, freeze frames and fast forward. You can also see the degeneration of the tape throughout.

We start with Jim on his first day as a police officer, as he taught the basic principles of his job. When an early assignment gets him involved in a domestic dispute, Jim finds himself becoming too involved.

What begins as a light-hearted satire of the training films we've all seen, begins to turn dark as Jim finds himself going seriously off script. What is real and what is part of the video become blurred.

Stacy Keech is the on-screen and off-screen narrator of this story, gradually becoming more involved and aware.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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