The Survivors 1983 R CC

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Two unemployed men (Robin Williams and Walter Matthau) find themselves the target of an out-of-workhitman, whom they disarm in a robbery attempt. One of the men takes off for a survivalist camp, hotly pursued by the other and then by the hitman.

Starring:
Walter Matthau, Robin Williams
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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The Survivors

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Michael Ritchie
Starring Walter Matthau, Robin Williams
Supporting actors Jerry Reed, James Wainwright, Kristen Vigard, Annie McEnroe, Anne Pitoniak, Bernard Barrow, Marian Hailey, Joseph Carberry, Skipp Lynch, Marilyn Cooper, Meg Mundy, Yudie Bank, Michael P. Moran, Norma Pratt, John De Bello, Del Hinkley, Morgan Upton, John Goodman
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A very funny movie.
Bomojaz
One funny movie with great actors, will have you laughing off the couch.
Greg Carter
Robin Williams and Walter Mattau are great together.
Hannah

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amateur Historian on May 21, 2005
Format: DVD
The comic premise of this movie is a good one. Two passing acquaintances are thrown together trying to escape a hit-man with bad nerves and colitis---well-played by Jerry Reed. I think Williams does carry the movie, but his repartee with Reed is some of the funniest writing (more likely improvisation) I've ever heard. Whatever this movie lacks is made up for in the scenes pitting Williams' "Donald" against Reed's bad guy. Those scenes are worth the cost of the whole movie. I'm amazed and also happy this one was released on DVD.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. La Vean on April 11, 2003
Format: DVD
Robin Williams is masterful as a zany survival nut who is being taken advantage of by a scheming businessman preying on fear that society will break down...Walter Matthau is the perfect straight man/foil for Williams...
Even though this is an older movie it is a theme which is still timeless...Is society getting ready for the "Big Flush" and how do responsible people respond to it?...
Williams and Matthau provide one very funny solution.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beth H. on August 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first watched this movie twenty five years ago. It is just as funny now as it was then. It tells the tale of two very different men who meet and bond only because they are victims of crime of the same suspect (Jerry Reed), from a coffee shop robbery. Needless to say, both are outraged over the incident and are left feeling helpless. Walter Matthau usually the cagey type in prior films is the opposite here. He is a single father of a young daughter who's protective of her and scared of everything else. Williams and Matthau decide to sign up for a soldier of fortune type camp where they want to learn survival skills for self protection. However they have two big problems, Jerry Reed, the bad guy, is onto them and follows them to the camp. The camp's instructor turns out to be a ninja type maniac with the mentality of get them before they get us at any cost. I'd classify this movie as a comedy-thriller with an edge. It will keep you laughing and you can't go wrong with Williams and Matthau.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
Format: DVD
this movie is a genuine treasure to watch. sit back and enjoy one of robin william's best roles. walter matthau and jerry reed round out the cast in a twisting comedy about life, getting fired, and giving society the finger. enjoy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on September 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Both Robin Williams and Walter Matthau lose their jobs and then meet by chance in a restaurant; while there they become victims of a robbery attempt but scare the robber away. Williams goes crazy, arms himself to the teeth, and then joins a mercenary survival war school in the woods of Vermont. The robber wants to get rid of both Williams and Matthau for fear they can identify him, only Williams challenges him to a showdown in the snow in Vermont.

It's a wonderful romp, with the understated Matthau a perfect foil for Williams's off-the-wall zaniness. The movie falters somewhat in the woods of Vermont, with the anti-vigilante message becoming overly obtrusive, but there's enough hilarity to overlook it. A very funny movie. Definitely worth a watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jd on May 30, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This could be the most underrated comedy of the 80's. I love playing this for people who missed it during the 80's. It's a classic in my mind.

The scenes are consistently entertaining, memorable, and very often hilarious.

A good story, and a real good idea for a story.

Jerry Reed stands out. Robin Williams doesn't disappoint and Walter Matthau provides credibility and balance.

Excellent watch over and over comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Howard on October 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
funny, funny, sooo funny, can't watch it enough,misplaced
our last copy, gonna get another one...don't forget Jerry
Reeds caustic southern humor also...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen lowes on August 22, 2014
Format: DVD
I've been a big fan of this film ever since I came across it in my local video store - remember those ! - back in 1990.
3 strangers lives come together - Robin Williams, Walter Matthau and Jerry Reed - when it seems they all lose their income on the same day. All 3 can be seen together in the employment office - this is one of those movies where there's alot happening in the background so you need to pay attention - after which Reed decides to go and rob the nearest diner where Williams and Matthau just happen to be. All of this leads to a short-lived love affair between Williams and firearms, which then leads to him leaving behind civilisation's 'the big cespool' and heading off into the snowy mountains to live with a bunch of other survivalists.
This isn't a perfect film by any means but the ending contains what is probably the most moving piece of acting that Robin Williams ever gave and is now all-the-more poignant following Williams' sad death.
Having realised that his survival stint has been a complete waste of time and knowing he's lost the woman who truly loved him because of it, Williams in despair removes nearly all of his clothes out in the snowy wilderness - if this film was made today this scene would be filmed in front of a green screen in a central heated Hollywood studio ! - then turns to Matthau and in a truly universal moment of 1 human being looking to another for solace, asks him what he's going to do now and for Mathau to tell him that everything is going to be alright.
Robin Williams has never been so heartbreakingly genuine and honest in this moment; it moved me when I first saw it 24 years ago and it's all the more powerful now, knowing how the great man himself sadly took his own life.
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