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R| 1 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
"The Contenders," the highest-rated reality program on U.S. television, selects people at random -- to kill off one another until a lone champion survives. On the show, six contenders (normal people living everyday lives) are picked at random by lottery, given a gun, assigned a cameraman, and let loose.

Cast: Brooke Smith , Glenn Fitzgerald , Marylouise Burke , Richard Venture , Michael Kaycheck , Merritt Wever , Angelina Phillips , Nada Despotovich

Director: Daniel Minahan

Genres: Dark comedy

Distributor: USA Films

Series 7 (2001)

Release Date: January 20th, 2001|1 hr. 26 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Minahan wants us to see ourselves in the dark mirror of this outrageously funny satire. He's built the laughs wisely so they stick in our throats. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    This gory parody hits television where it hurts -- and draws blood. It will bring joy to the heart of anyone who hates TV. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    As entertainment, such dark material can only stretch so far, and Series 7 comes awfully close to being as numbing as the genre it mocks. But its power can't be denied. show more

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