The Survivors (1983)
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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
Jun 22, 1983 Wide
Apr 23, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Detective Matt Burke
Michael P. Moran
John De Bello
Armed Little Lady
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An aimless, unfocused social comedy, The Survivors misfires on just about every level.
It's an aimless, self-indulgent, confusing comedy that never comes to grips with its material.
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.
Williams, Matthau, and Reed struggle with the material and generate some bright moments, but overall The Survivors is a bewildering, frustrating movie.
Dumb, forced comedy wastes talents of Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.
Ritchie displays little initiative, the script meanders and Williams is allowed to reduce the movie to 'some like it manic'.
- Sonny Paluso: You're driving like a trout out of water with... with diarrhea.
- Donald Quinelle: What kind of a man gives cigarettes to trees?
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