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The Survivors (1983)

Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Michael Leeson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Sonny Paluso
Robin Williams ... Donald Quinelle
Jerry Reed ... Jack Locke
James Wainwright ... Wes Huntley
Kristen Vigard Kristen Vigard ... Candice Paluso
Annie McEnroe ... Doreen
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Betty
Bernard Barrow Bernard Barrow ... TV station manager
Marian Hailey Marian Hailey ... Jack's Wife
Joseph Carberry ... Detective Matt Burke
Skipp Lynch Skipp Lynch ... Wiley
Marilyn Cooper Marilyn Cooper ... Waitress
Meg Mundy ... Mace Lover
Yudie Bank Yudie Bank ... Accosted Old Lady
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Gun Salesman (as Michael Moran)
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Storyline

Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle are two unfortunate people who have just lost their jobs; Sonny's gas station has been blown away and Donald has just been fired by his boss's parrot! But that day, their lives change when they prevent a robber from holding up a bar, and they become heroes. Unfortunately, Jack (the robber) gets away, and when he sees Donald's face on the TV, he decides to go after them. In the meantime, Donald becomes obsessed with guns and leaves for the mountains to join a survivalist group... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Donald's been fired by his boss' parrot. But he'll survive. He's been robbed with his pants down. But he'll survive. He's been shot at whilst ordering a cheese Danish. But he'll survive. And now he's armed himself and become a self-made soldier. But he'll survive. Even if it kills him. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Survivors See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairlee, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,044,927, 26 June 1983

Gross USA:

$14,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Michael Ritchie around fourteen years earlier had directed another snowbound movie called Downhill Racer (1969). See more »

Goofs

Donald pulls down his pants as he's walking in the cold, down the road with Sonny. When the camera pans back, Donald's pants can be seen lying next to him on the road. Since he did not step out of them, they should have still been on him, bunched up at his ankles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Betty: Mr. Quinelle!
Donald Quinelle: Morning, Betty!
Betty: Mr. Stoddard would like you to step into the board room.
Donald Quinelle: He wants to see me?
Betty: You can go right in.
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
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Funniest dumb movie of all time.
30 September 2003 | by jukes_pirateSee all my reviews

This is classic Robin Williams! The plot is full of holes and overall it's fairly pointless, but this movie makes me laugh and grin no matter how many times I watch it. The best scenes take place in a snowy New England forest, and the movie does an awesome job of capturing the atmosphere.


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