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Surviving The Game

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Produced by Fred C. Caruso
Written by Eric Bernt
Starring Ice-T
Rutger Hauer
Charles S. Dutton
John C. McGinley
William McNamara
with Gary Busey
and F. Murray Abraham
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography Bojan Bazelli
Editing by Samuel D. Pollard
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) April 15, 1994
Running time 96 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,400,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $7,690,013 (USA) (sub-total)

Surviving the Game is a 1994 action film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, starring Ice-T, Rutger Hauer, and Gary Busey. It is loosely based on the short story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.[1]



Mason (Ice-T) is a homeless man from Seattle who loses his only friends - a fellow homeless man and his pet dog - on the same day. Dejected, Mason attempts to commit suicide when a soup kitchen worker, Walter Cole (Charles S. Dutton), saves him and refers him to businessman Thomas Burns (Rutger Hauer). Burns offers Mason a job as a hunting guide.

Flying to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods, Mason meets the rest of the hunting party, all of whom paid $25,000 for the privilege of being there. The party includes Doc Hawkins (Gary Busey), the founder of the hunt, a psychotic psychiatrist who specializes in psychological assessments of CIA agents. The other hunters include Cole (who picks the "game" for the hunt), a Texas "oil man" named John Griffin (John C. McGinley), a wealthy man from Wall Street named Derek Wolfe Sr. (F. Murray Abraham), and his son, Derek Wolfe Jr. (William McNamara), who is at first ignorant of the true purposes of the hunt.[2] The following morning Mason is awakened with a gun in his face by Cole, who explains that the men are not hunting any animals, but rather Mason himself.


  • Ice-T as Jack Mason
  • Rutger Hauer as Thomas Burns
  • Charles S. Dutton as Walter Cole
  • Gary Busey as Doc Hawkins
  • F. Murray Abraham as Derek Wolfe Sr.
  • John C. McGinley as John Griffin
  • William McNamara as Derek Wolfe Jr.
  • Jeff Corey as Hank

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