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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.

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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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A memorable, hilarious comedy about two loveable losers. 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:

A túlélők 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The make and model of Sonny Paluso's (Walter Matthau) car was a 1978 silver colored white roof-top Cadillac El Dorado. See more »

Goofs

During the robbery, the teenagers remove their jackets just before the gunman moves to the counter and tells the old man on the till to join the others. In the next shot, when the old man joins the group, the teenagers can be seen removing their jackets again. 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 »

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
by Fred Ebb, John Kander (as John Kandor)
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This film is hilarious
24 January 2002 | by mm-39See all my reviews

I gave it a 8 , and my wife thought it was a 6. Then this film must be a 7. If you have ever been hit by hard luck, one can relate with these characters. Robin Williams, when he was at his funniest, performs this rambling nonsense. Especially when he tells the events of the robbery to his fiancee, does a tv counterpoint (ie there would be no criminals if there were no victims, unless the criminals robbed other criminals, but I am diluting here) and acts out a gun battle. Walter Matthau plays the crabby straight guy who tries to fix events. Small role for Jerry Reed, watch the gas station scene; it's funny. Comedy is so hard to do, it's an art, much easier to make a horror film or action movie, but to get comedy right you have too hit a groove. This film does it!


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