Surviving the Game (1994) 1994 PG CC

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A homeless man, recruited as a guide by a band of wealthy hunters, winds up the hunted instead. Starring Ice-T, Rutger Hauer and Gary Busey.

Starring:
Ice-T, Rutger Hauer
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

Surviving the Game (1994)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Action
Director Ernest R. Dickerson
Starring Ice-T, Rutger Hauer
Supporting actors Charles S. Dutton, Gary Busey, F. Murray Abraham, John C. McGinley, William McNamara, Jeff Corey, Bob Minor, Lawrence C. McCoy, George Fisher, Jacqui Dickerson, Victor Morris, Frederic Collins Jr., Steven King, Sheila Scott, Steven Lambert, Kevin Harris, Edward Tubbs
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Movie has great cast of actors.
Christopher P. Dindy
This is one of those really bad movies that you just love to watch.
DenHaw
One man versus a group of rogue agents in the woods.
Mark J. House

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Colin Paterson on August 27, 2001
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This movie is worth seeing for Ice T alone. He's brilliant. As an actor, he's not technically skilled...but he definitely gets himself into his role and does a lot more with his natural ability than many actors could do after years and years of training. As a modern day adaptation of "The Most Dangerous Game" (which is a truly phenomenal film -- if you watched this one, you should check that earlier film out -- you will be amazed for several reasons), this film shoots itself in the foot by giving the "game" away in the opening titles. But it makes up for that by developing the story of the central character played by Ice T and using that character as a more deeply imagined hero. As Mason, a way down and out homeless man, Ice T is very convincing. He seems to have been driven nearly wild even as the film opens...living on the streets surviving like an animal. Willing to stop at little or nothing to stay alive. But then life turns dramatically sour even for Mason and he wants a way out. Ready to kill himself, he is pulled back from the brink and offered a chance to get on his feet. Mason is a fighter and he accepts the offer. Grudgingly...but with the appreciation that this could be his only chance. He is then brought to a wilderness cabin thinking he will act as a hunting guide. The crew of actors who play the hunting group are amazing -- all of them have made careers out of being wonderful sociopaths. And at times, things get a little hammy but director Ernest Dickerson -- making a very interesting choice of projects here -- keeps things from going too far over the top. In no time at all, the hunt is on and Mason realizes what his role is in it. He must survive the challenge using his wits and his will.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ray on September 26, 2000
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This movie may not win any awards, but if you want to see a decent action-thriller movie, this is one to consider. I liked the twist it had and there was some good acting by Rutger Hauer, Gary Busey, and John McGinley. Depending on your personality, it can be an edge-of-your-seat thriller, or predictable "bad guys vs. singular good guy". But, overall, I liked it. (What does that say of my personality?)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TheIrrationalMan on May 26, 2000
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This is a moderately suspenseful action film with a stellar cast, some breathtaking mountain cinematography and a great musical score. In terms of dramatic tension and scripting, it is by no means in the same league as the likes of "Deliverance", "Southern Comfort", or even John Woo's more stylish rendering of virtually the same theme, "Hard Target", with Jean-Claude Van Damme. I do feel, however, that critics and audiences alike have been too severe in dismissing it, since it is a tale that affords plenty of entertainment and amusement.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on December 12, 1999
Format: DVD
Surviving the Game came traipsing in a year after Jean-Claude Van Damme's much more popular Hard Target. Both films featured down-on-their-luck men being used as human prey for rich. bloodthirsty psycho's desperate for the thrill of the kill. Ice-T is a good actor, but not in this film he ain't. Though he still out-performs JCVD as the man on the lam.

T plays Jack Mason, a Seattle hobo plucked from the streets and given a job in the wilderness. Without asking any serious questions or growing suspicious he sheepishly accepts the offer. Upon arriving at a remote forest cabin (actually Lake Wenatchee Airport, if you don't mind me spoiling the magic) he meets a bunch of wealthy weirdos and is well fed and watered. When he wakes the next morning Mason discovers that his job is to run as fast as he can back to civilization.

Director Earnest Dickerson has no control over his cast and allows them to overact to ludicrous degrees. F. Murray Abraham, Oscar or no Oscar, has no idea what he's doing. Gary Busey turns up, goes mental, and then exits (a stupid mistake as he's the most interesting character). John C. McGinley goes over the edge with the minimal of back-story, which only just starts getting interesting before he too exits. It's like they actually wanted to strip the film of any engaging substance.

They try to inject some kind of subtext with the character names. Mason is the everyday working man. He is hunted by men called Hawkins, Griffin, Mr. Wolf and Wolf Jnr. He is employed by men called Cole and Burns, and taken to a place called Hell's Canyon. If writer Eric Bernt was trying to be clever it's lost in the bumbling incompetence that cripples the action scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Dindy on February 11, 2007
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If you like action/adventure you will find this movie entertaining and catching your interest and attention. Has an original story line with creative sub-plots. Ice-T at his best! Movie has great cast of actors. I enjoyed this movie and happy to add it to my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mz Rahben on January 15, 2007
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I'm a teacher in a urban school district and at times it's hard to get young people's attention. This movie goes great as a supplement to the Short Story "The Most Dangerous Game"..same premise..great attention getter!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moviebuffer101 on October 9, 2006
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It's hard to put this film into any catogory, its got action, drama, comedy and, even a hint of horror. Ice-T is lured to a remote cabin by several wack jobs that have a sick hobby.. hunting humans! Ice-T is mislead by Charles S. Dutton into believing that a job awaits him.. soon after arriving to the cabin in which they had to be flown by privite planes to, he finds that they arent interested in hunting animals. He is in fact the intended prey of these mad men! Good performances (except by William McNamara, the son) by an all star male cast "Surviving the Game" is better that I expected. A real twisted and some what disturbing film. This is one to watch with your buddies instead of your girlfriend/wife. Also starring: Rutger Hauer, Gary Busey and, F. Murray Abraham as some of the hunters. 3 1/2 stars!!
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