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The Survivors

The Survivors (1983)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Director Michael Ritchie spoofs survivalists in this rambling black comedy. Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) is a successful young executive who is called to his boss' office one morning and is fired by a parrot sitting in the CEO's chair -- a method the company uses to axe high-powered execs. Donald meets Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau), a former gas station owner who is out of work because his business was blown up. At a diner, the two newfound friends witness a robbery and catch sight of the

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Michael Leeson

Apr 23, 2002

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

An aimless, unfocused social comedy, The Survivors misfires on just about every level.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a bland piece of merchandise.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's an aimless, self-indulgent, confusing comedy that never comes to grips with its material.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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No one seems to have paid any attention to the screenplay or to have considered the awful truth that Mr. Matthau and Mr. Williams, each performers of great charm, don't play together very well.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Williams, Matthau, and Reed struggle with the material and generate some bright moments, but overall The Survivors is a bewildering, frustrating movie.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Dumb, forced comedy wastes talents of Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.

December 19, 2005
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A wayward mess.

August 20, 2004 Full Review
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Ritchie displays little initiative, the script meanders and Williams is allowed to reduce the movie to 'some like it manic'.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Survivors

This movie brings to light the real cold war and nuclear paranoia of the 80s, but in a lighthearted way. Williams is particularly frantic in this movie, but pretty funny for the most part, and Matthau is the straight man to his mania, which often makes him look bored with the movie. Overall, a pretty good movie, though.
January 16, 2011
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Some laugh out loud moments. What more were you expecting?
March 4, 2008
threefolddado

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    1. Sonny Paluso: You're driving like a trout out of water with... with diarrhea.
    – Submitted by Michael S (2 months ago)
    1. Donald Quinelle: What kind of a man gives cigarettes to trees?
    – Submitted by Tara W (19 months ago)
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