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.
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as Sonny Paluso
as Donald Quinelle
as Jack Locke
as Wes Huntley
as Candice Paluso
as TV Manager
as Jack's Wife
as Det. Matt Burke
as Mace Lover
as Knife Wielding Old M...
as Accosted Old Lady
as Gun Salesman
as Armed Little Lady
as Wes Man No.1
as Cost-Conscious Survi...
as Nose Biter
as Illegal Alien
as Indian Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Survivors
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.
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.
Some laugh out loud moments. What more were you expecting?
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.
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