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The Survivors (1983)




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In this satirical black comedy, two very different, unemployed men witness an attempted robbery and are able to identify the amiable culprit who does his darnedest to see that they don't. Realizing that they are both marked for murder, each man reacts quite differently. One, a former executive enrolls in survivalist training.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Leeson, Jonathan Reynolds
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Walter Matthau
as Sonny Paluso
Robin Williams
as Donald Quinelle
Jerry Reed
as Jack Locke
James Wainwright
as Wes Huntley
Kristen Vigard
as Candice Paluso
Bernard Barrow
as TV Manager
Marian Hailey
as Jack's Wife
Joseph Carberry
as Det. Matt Burke
Meg Mundy
as Mace Lover
Sanford Seeger
as Knife Wielding Old M...
Yudie Bank
as Accosted Old Lady
Michael P. Moran
as Gun Salesman
John De Bello
as Salesman
Norma Pratt
as Armed Little Lady
John DeBallo
as Salesman
Del Hinkley
as Wes Man No.1
Morgan Upton
as Cost-Conscious Survi...
John Goodman
as Commando
Regina David
as Nose Biter
Francisco Prado
as Illegal Alien
J.B. Waters
as Interviewer
Indira Manjrekar
as Indian Woman
Marc Stevens
as Himself
Mark Stevens
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Survivors

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's a bland piece of merchandise.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's an aimless, self-indulgent, confusing comedy that never comes to grips with its material.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Williams, Matthau, and Reed struggle with the material and generate some bright moments, but overall The Survivors is a bewildering, frustrating movie.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dumb, forced comedy wastes talents of Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.

December 19, 2005

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Some laugh out loud moments. What more were you expecting?

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


It was enjoyable enough to watch, I'd say, not that I'd recommend it to anyone. The story has good intentions, the actors do their best, and there are some funny scenes. It just felt so mediocre, like some scenes were pushing too hard to get a laugh out of you, and Williams' performance was great in some scenes but bad in others, I wasn't sure what to think about him in this movie. Matthau plays the straight man, and he does a good job, but he can be boring at times. You can just feel something lacking in this movie, I'm not sure what it is, but I still say if you want to see it go ahead, it's not bad, but don't expect it to be fantastic either.

Lisa Spader

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