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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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
Annie McEnroe
as Doreen
Bernard Barrow
as TV Manager
Marian Hailey
as Jack's Wife
Joseph Carberry
as Det. Matt Burke
Skipp Lynch
as Wiley
Marilyn Cooper
as Waitress
Meg Mundy
as Mace Lover
Sanford Seeger
as Knife Wielding Old Man
Yudie Bank
as Accosted Old Lady
John De Bello
as Salesman
Michael P. Moran
as Gun Salesman
Norma Pratt
as Armed Little Lady
John DeBallo
as Salesman
Del Hinkley
as Wes Man No.1
Morgan Upton
as Cost-Conscious Survivalist
John Goodman
as Commando
Regina David
as Nose Biter
Francisco Prado
as Illegal Alien
J.B. Waters
as Interviewer
Indira Manjrekar
as Indian Woman
Tiffany Clark
as Herself
Marc 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 25, 2009
Top Critic

It's a bland piece of merchandise.

Full Review… | June 23, 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

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

December 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Survivors

7/26/2015: Other than a few lines, this was not a very funny movie. Very disappointing considering the great cast.

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

Still as relevant in 2015 as it was in the 80s... Vastly underated! Matthaw is brilliant. Jerry Reed very good and Robin Williams is having a field day. Also keep your eye on Kristen Vigard who's also great even when she's just in the background. PLEASE note that this film SATIRICAL in nature. React accordingly.

Rémy Voyron
Rémy Voyron

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
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