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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The thrill is the kill. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The address of Hell's Canyon Outfitters as detailed on the business card that Cole hands Mason is 1 5th Ave, Seattle. In real life there is no such address and the starting point of 5th Avenue is a section of monorail track. The phone number is apparently (206) 555-2829. The actual location is an office building on Orondo Street in Wenatchee, Washington. See more »

Goofs

After they wake Mason and chase him out of the house Burns racks the pistol and fires at Mason's feet. The pistol's slide locks back indicating that it fired its last round. Burns then fire it again and the next shot you can see that the slide is still locked back, again indicating that there are no more bullets. He then fires it for a third time without reloading or racking the slide. He should have been able to only fire the first shot, the other two shots were impossible. See more »

Quotes

[a pig's head has been served for dinner. Mason takes a sip of wine]
Wolfe Sr.: What do you think?
Jack Mason: It's alright. I like this. This is good!
Wolfe Sr.: Four-fifty a bottle.
Jack Mason: Four dollars fifty cents, I should be drinkin' this shit a *long* time ago!
Wolfe Sr.: Four hundred and fifty dollars!
[Mason spits out the wine in amazement]
Wolfe Sr.: Don't waste it!
[They all laugh]
Jack Mason: I could live off that for three months!
[...]
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Connections

Version of Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Doing the Best I Can
Written by C. Marshall and R. Matthews
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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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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