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General Information

Poster for The Survivors
  • Directed by

    Michael Ritchie

  • Screenplay by

    Michael Leeson

  • Music Composed by

    Paul Chihara

  • Theatrical Release Date

    June 22, 1983

  • DVD Release Date

    April 23, 2002

  • Production Companies

    Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films, Delphi Films

  • Distribution Company

    Columbia Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Donald Quinelle

  • Walter Matthau

    Sonny Paluso

  • Jerry Reed

    Jack Locke


Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle are two unfortunate people who have just lost their jobs, when they meet in a bar; Sonny's gas station has been blown away and Donald has just been fired by his boss's parrot. But that day, their lives change when they prevent a thief (Jack) from robbing the bar, and they become heroes. Unfortunately, Jack gets away, and when he sees Donald's face on the TV, he decides to go after them. In the meantime, Donald becomes obsessed with guns and leaves for the mountains, where he will learn to survive...



  • Donald

    Jack, want some pancakes?

  • Donald

    You shot my gun! You don't shoot a man's gun!

  • Sonny

    You think Wes is God don't you?

  • Donald

    No, not God, just an ordinary man. Maybe a little ahead of his time, but just an ordinary man.

  • Sonny

    Wes is an asshole!

  • Donald

    Blasphemy! Oh, you'll smoke a turd in hell for that!

  • Donald


  • Jack


  • Donald

    Time out, O.K.?

  • Jack

    Time out?

  • Donald

    Time out.

  • Jack

    Whaddya mean, "Time out?"

  • Donald

    You're not gonna believe this. I was in a hurry when I left the cabin this morning, and, well, silly me, I got the wrong bullets.

  • Donald

    What kind of man gives cigarettes to trees?


Your basic survival comedy.


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Filming Info

  • Locations

    Fairlee, VT

International Release Dates

  • Australia

    February 16, 1984

  • Sweden

    October 12, 1984

International Titles

  • Italy

    Come ti ammazzo un killer

  • Sweden

    Med livet i behåll (TV title)

  • Denmark

    Op på patronerne

  • Spain

    Sufridos ciudadanos

  • Finland


  • West Germany

    Die Überlebenskünstler

Soundtrack Info

  • Every Man a King

    Words by Huey Long / Music by Castro Caraza
    Performed by Randy Newman

  • When You're Smiling
    (The Whole World Smiles With You)

    by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay

  • Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

    by Lew Brown, Ray Henderson

  • New York, New York

    by Fred Ebb, John Kander

Box Office

  • Gross

    $14,000,000 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $14,000,000 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $3,044,927 (1,006 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    1,014 theaters

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