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Survival Quest

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Explosive Adventure From The Director Of THE BEASTMASTER and PHANTASM For five strangers from the city – including a bitter divorcee (Catherine Keener of THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) and a sullen ex-convict (Dermot Mulroney of MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING) – it was supposed to be the ultimate wilderness challenge: Four weeks at the North Rockies Survival Quest School led by a toughas- nails instructor (Lance Henriksen of ALIENS). But when the group crosses trails with an unstable and sadistic paramilitary squad, a shocking accident turns their nature trek into a desperate struggle for life and death. Mark Rolston (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), Reggie Bannister (PHANTASM) and Paul Provenza co-star in this rarely seen actiondrama, now fully restored from original vault elements under the personal supervision of writer/director Don Coscarelli. Features:Widescreen Presentation Also on DVD International Trailer SURVIVAL QUEST: Behind the Scenes US Trailer US Trailer #2 (NEW)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Mark Rolston, Steve Antin, Michael Allen Ryder, Paul Provenza
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Writers: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: Aaron A. Goffman, Dac Coscarelli, Roberto A. Quezada
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV8ACC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Survival Quest" on IMDb

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By Tracy Rowan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2001
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This is a seriously underrated film, and one which is well worth your time. A group of disparate characters sign up for one of those "Outward Bound" type classes, and learn that survival in the wilderness is not about who can get to the top of the heap and win the money, but about who you can rely on to help you stay alive.
I love this one. The scenery is incredibly beautiful, and Lance Henriksen plays one of the good guys. Watch for Dermot Mulroney -who met his future wife, Catherine Keener, on this film - looking young and vulnerable as a young punk set on the paths of righteousness by Lance's character. Look for Mark Rolston who played Drake in Aliens as the paranoid leader of the rival survival school. "They haven't dropped the bomb...yet." Lots of fun and a nice antidote to all those highly questionable "real world" shows.
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I first checked this film out many years ago because of Lance Henricksen. He's a fine, under-appreciated actor. And very good here as 'mountain man' Hank Chambers, head of the wilderness survival program. But it is a very young Dermot Mulroney that steals the show. He portrays a jailed delinquent being put through camp for rehabilitation purposes. Each character that signs up for the course has their own set of quirks and vague backstories. The clash between the wilderness trainees and the military group is the center of the story that sets in motion the campers need to implement their fresh training in order to save themselves...There are the sterotypical characters commonly found in films with the 'let's work as a team' theme. And there is some 'hammy' dialogue, esp. at the end but it is over all a really good little movie. There is humor and action and some nice character development and good performances. For the behind the scenes info - it was on set of this film that Dermot Mulroney met costar Catherine Keener, to whom he has been married for about 17 years. Don't go into this film expecting "Demolition Man" or "Die Hard" type action. See it as a character driven indie film then you'll appreciate it much more.
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This is a jewel of a movie from 1989. It is high on drama, action & has some great characters that you can really relate too. You really root for them through the whole movie. LANCE HENRIKSEN stars as the leader of the survival camp/guru & is great as always. DERMOT MULRONEY has a supporting role as a young con looking for redemption.
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This is not a first rate action film, but more of a fun, low budget 80's flick directed by cult fave Don Coscarelli (Phantasm). A young Lance Henrickson adds weight to the quest, but some of the acting goes right along with the budget. Coscarelli does prove that he is a resourceful director as he did with Beastmaster. He also continues to show his sense of fun with the characters. Survival Quest is under rated and is enjoyable.
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This is a gem that has slipped by many people including myself until recently when I rented it. I have always enjoyed survival movies but this one ranks among some of the best I have seen and yet word of mouth has not given it the credit due. To be honest I am not a big fan of the other movies advertised with it including Phantasm. In fact I was prepared to shut off the movie based on the pre-movie trailers as I thought it might be a gorefest. I was glad I gave it a chance as Lance Henriksen and the rest the cast do a great job in this survival adventure. A small group signs on for a survival trek into the wilderness at the same time a paramilitary group is conducting drills with weapons. When the two groups clash things get dicey since the survivalist don't have weapons and must rely on each other to make it out alive. There are some injuries but the bloodletting is minimal and done well. Realistically handled it doesn't stretch outside the realm of believability. I am not sure why the R rating as only one short bare breasts scene and a little violence doesn't seem to warrant that rating to me. If you enjoy survival movies or adventures I recommend you give it a chance. If you enjoyed this be sure to catch The River Wild.

CA Luster
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Not what I expected. I was hoping for a good survival movie, but this one was so slow to get to any decent action or story. I would not recommend buying it. Rent it maybe, if you are curious. Disappointing to me. Watch "To Brave Alaska" if you want a really good survival story.
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