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The Survivors 1983

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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, 43 minutes

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Knowing Robin Williams' track record for being in some very funny, emotionally sweet, and truly memorable movies; I decided to buy this movie and give THE SURVIVORS a spin in the ol' DVD player.

Once again, Robin Williams delivers some really great laugh out loud moments!

With joblessness In America even worse now than when this movie was made, with people being even more afraid of other people breaking into their homes than ever before, and most Americans stockpiling guns and supplies for the eventful economic collapse, I must say....THE SURVIVORS was way ahead of it's time, with a clever comedic twist, by making fun of the deep growing concern of the end of the American dream as we have known it.

....And since physical space is kind of limited in my ever growing DVD collection, THE SURVIVORS actually survives the cut and earns it's spot for repeated viewing...

Oh! In closing, my AMAZON.COM headline/summary for my review is actually my favorite line from the movie!
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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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Robin dizzy-wacky, Walter dour-sour. Both funny. Both funnier as they play off one another (more like bounce off). Add to that a good ole boy psychopath hit man and a silly gaggle of naive gun fetishists and weapons of all flavors in an isolated snowy bogus survivalist camps and well, mayhem just gotta explode. Veryveryvery funny dumb guy versus his obvious lack of impulse control, playing against the gruff, grouchy guy.

No spoilers there; the goofs are all in how elements collide, which they do and redo.
For the Amazon price of $5.19, it must be like 1/100th of a cent per hearty laff.

Less smart gags than these actors usually pull, but often corny
gags really let them do what they do best - make us all laugh.
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