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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 23, 2002
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Walter Matthau & Robin Williams|
|Performer:||Jerry Reed, James Wainwright, Kristen Vigard & Annie McEnroe|
|Directed by||Michael Ritchie|
|Screenwriting by||Michael Leeson|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You shot my gun! You don't shoot a man's gun!"
- Donald (Robin Williams) to Jack (Jerry Reed)
Rating: 1.5/4 -- It's an aimless, self-indulgent, confusing comedy that never comes to grips with its material. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- Dumb, forced comedy wastes talents of Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.
Ritchie displays little initiative, the script meanders and Williams is allowed to reduce the movie to 'some like it manic'. Full Review
It's a bland piece of merchandise. Full Review
Rating: 1/5 -- A wayward mess.
Spirituality and Practice
Rating: 2/4 -- Williams, Matthau, and Reed struggle with the material and generate some bright moments, but overall The Survivors is a bewildering, frustrating movie. Full Review
An aimless, unfocused social comedy, The Survivors misfires on just about every level. Full Review
Michael Ritchie's comedy concerns an unlikely friendship that forms between two down-on-their-luck men who have just recently lost their jobs. Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) was fired by his boss's parrot because his boss couldn't bear to confront Donald with the terrible news. Meanwhile, Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau) lost his gas station to an explosion. Drowning their sorrows in a bar one day, a criminal tries to rob the establishment. Surprising even themselves, Donald and Sonny become local celebrities when they identify the perpetrator. Unfortunately, this robber, Jack (Jerry Reed), also happens to be a hit man, and when Jack sees their faces on television, his uncontrollable anger triggers him into tracking them down and making them pay for ruining his bid at scoring some quick cash. While he searches for the inept duo, Donald has an awakening in which he moves to the mountains and learns to survive out in the wild. Jack's pursuit of Donald and Sonny unleashes a series of comical escapades that provide THE SURVIVORS with its biggest laughs. Not as personal a work as his 1970s comedies, Ritchie's film is nonetheless an entertaining ride because of the energetic performances of Williams and Matthau.
Donald and Sonny are complete strangers who identify a robber at a crime scene. Unfortunately, the robber is also a hitman, and the duo are now marked for murder...
- Filmed on location in Vermont.
- John Goodman makes one of his first screen appearances in the film as a commando.
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