Series 7


1h 25m 2001

Brief Synopsis

"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, the six contenders are picked by lottery, given a gun, assigned a cameraman and let loose. Dawn is the 8-months pregnant reigning ch

Film Details

Also Known As
Contenders - dokusåpa till döds, Series 7: The Contenders, Series Seven
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Axium International; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Duart Film And Video; Edgewood Studios; Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, Llp; Film Division, Connecticut Commission On Culture And Tourism; Good Machine International; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates (Ny); Hoyts Distribution; Jason Bowers; Jeremy Walker & Associates; Killer Films; Liman Video Rentals; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Sound One; Sundance Institute; Upn
Distribution Company
October Films/USA Films; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lucky Red; October Films; RCV Distribution; Usa Films; Usa Home Entertainment
Location
Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Synopsis

"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, the six contenders are picked by lottery, given a gun, assigned a cameraman and let loose. Dawn is the 8-months pregnant reigning champion of the program. Single, alienated from her family and with just one round to go before she wins her freedom from the show, this survivor returns to her hometown of Newbury, CT after being away for 15 years - and "The Contenders" goes with her. Five new contenders are randomly selected to join Dawn: Tony is an asbestos-removal worker, Connie an emergency-room nurse, Lindsay an 18-year-old all-American girl, Franklin an elderly conspiracy theorist and Jeff an artist and pacifist, and also Dawn's high-school sweetheart. Determined to liberate herself and her unborn child, Dawn wastes no time hunting down her opponents. But these last contenders are the most cunning that Dawn has yet faced.

Crew

Laird Adamson

Production Executive (Killer Films)

Robyn Alcock

Office Manager (Blow Up Pictures/Open City Films)

Alex E Alemayehu

Other

Dominic Ambrosio

Special Thanks

Russell Dean Anderson

Casting Associates

Michael Babiak

Grip

Crystal Bahmaie

Extras Casting (Additional Photography)

Marilyn Bai

Special Thanks

George Baluzy

Local Casting (Connecticut)

Steven S Bauer

Legal Counsel (Epstein Levinsohn Bodine Hurwitz & Weinstein)

Christine Beiselin

Costume Designer

Jason Blackburn

Sound Mixer

Susan H. Bodine

Legal Counsel (Epstein Levinsohn Bodine Hurwitz & Weinstein)

Mel Bordeaux

Special Thanks

Jason Bowers

Promo Producer

Ian Bricke

Post Assistant (Killer Films)

Dan Brillman

Set Production Assistant

Jeff Bringham

Local Casting (Connecticut)

John Ian Briody

2nd Assistant Director (Additional Photography)

Tom Brown

Co-Executive Producer

Craig Carpenter

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Nathalie Cassergain

Set Decorator (Additional Photography)

Jean Chien

Second 2nd Assistant Director (Additional Photography)

Tania Cirone

Post-Production Supervisor

Douglas Crosby

Stunt Coordinator

Ian Curtis

Song ("Love Will Tear Us Apart")

Ben D'anderea

Rigging Grip (Additional Photography)

Joan Darling

Special Thanks

Maurizio Defina

Gun Wrangler

Katherine Dieckmann

Special Thanks

Joy Division

Song Performer

John Dowd

Other

Randy Drummond

Dp/Cinematographer

Randy Drummond

Director Of Photography

Chris Dugger

Special Thanks (Crown Theaters)

Ellyn Eisenberg

Location Assistant

Janet Emanuel

Special Thanks

Michael Escott

Co-Executive Producer

Alexis Fleisig

Music Composer & Performer (Girls Against Boys)

Ralph Fumante

Special Thanks

Alberto Garcia

Special Thanks

Henny Garfunkel

Stills Photographer

Abbot Genser

Stills Photographer

Eliot Gerstel

Additional Set Production Assistant

Judy Glassman

Special Thanks

Lorraine Godfrey

Hair/Make-Up

Lewis Goldstein

Sound Supervisor

Dr. Marc Goldstein

Medical Drawings Provider (Director, Center (For Male Reproductive Medicine & Microsurgery/Cornell Univsersity Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital))

Lisa Guidetti

Production Coordinator (Additional Photography)

Matt Haasch

Foley Recordist/Editor

Ned Hallick

Gaffer (Additional Photography)

Mary Harron

Special Thanks

Jocelyn Hayes-simpson

Development Assistant (Killer Films)

Hugo Heppell

Development Executive

Kremer Hoke

Special Thanks

Peter Hook

Song ("Love Will Tear Us Apart")

Jory Hull

Art Director (Additional Photography)

Andy Hwang

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Jinx Iovino

Special Thanks

Malcolm Jamieson

Editor

Eli Janney

Music Editor

Eli Janney

Song/Song Performer ("Dawn'S Song (Sweetness)")

Eli Janney

Music Composer & Performer (Girls Against Boys)

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects Provider

Giles Kahn

Sound Mixer

Kirsten Kearse

Script Supervisor (Additional Photography)

Jimmy Kim

Tape Runner

Jason Kliot

Producer

Pamela Koffler

Associate Producer

Eva M. Kolodner

Special Thanks

Dawn Lagarto-immohr

Special Thanks

Jennifer Latham

Production Accountant

Alyson Latz

2nd Assistant Director

James Lecesne

Special Thanks

Ted Lehane

Key Grip (Additional Photography)

Michael Lerman

1st Assistant Director

Hal Levinsohn

Adr Editor

Skip Lievsay

Recording Mixer

Kathleen Lorden

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Steve Lubensky

Assistant Camera

Danny Lugo

Art Production Assistant

Robert Macneil

Special Thanks

Mark Maloof

Sound Mixer

Vince Managano

Rigging Grip (Additional Photography)

Jon Marcus

Production Executive (Killer Films)

Andrea Mccabe

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Scott Mccloud

Music Composer & Performer (Girls Against Boys)

Gretchen Mcgowan

Co-Producer

Daniel Mcintosh

Sound Mixer

Ann Mckinnon

Art Director

Mallory Mcquail

Special Thanks

Matthew Mcquail

Special Thanks

Daniel Minahan

Screenwriter

Joan Minahan

Special Thanks

Mario Monello

Inferno Artist

Cate Montana

Sound Assistant

Stephen Morris

Song ("Love Will Tear Us Apart")

John Nadeau

Special Thanks

Eddie O'connor

Sound Mixer

Chris O'falt

Assistant (To The Producers (Blow Up Pictures/Open City Films))

Erica Palgon

Casting Associates

Julie Panebianco

Music Supervisor

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Mike Perry

Assistant Editor

Paul Petrissan

Boom Operator

Jonathan Peyser

Set Dresser (Additional Photography)

Gideon Ponte

Production Designer

Hbo Studio Productions

Post-Production Editorial (New York City)

David Pultz

Color Timer

Jennifer Quisenberry

Assistant Location Manager

Teresa Reilly

Set Production Assistant

Kelly Richardson

Dolly Grip (Additional Photography)

Libby Richman

Line Producer

Anne Rodrigues

Special Thanks

Chris Rogers

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Gregory Rotello

Location Scout

Paul Rotello

Location Scout

Katie Roumel

Producer

Jac Rubenstein

Dialogue Editor

Charles J Rusbasan

Executive Producer

Todd Rutt

Graphics & Title Designer

Michelle Satter

Special Thanks

Kimberly Shea

Production Office Coordinator

Susan Shopmaker

Casting

Nani Shumann

Sound Assistant

Limore Shur

Creative Director (Eyeball/New York City)

Lauren Silberman

Art Department Coordinator

Brad Simpson

Development Executive

Carolyn Sivitz

Assistant Production Office Coordinator

Sharan Sklar

Executive In Charge Of Production (Blow Up Pictures/Open City Films)

Brian Slocum

Production Supervisor

Joe Smalley

Set Production Assistant

Tal Spitzer

Post Assistant (Blow Up Pictures/Open City Films)

Julie Stapanek

Song

Julie Stapanek

Song Performer ("Dawn'S Song (Sweetness)")

Bernard Sumner

Song ("Love Will Tear Us Apart")

Ben Szemkus

Additional Set Production Assistant

Johnny Temple

Music Composer & Performer (Girls Against Boys)

Ulysses Terrero

Extras Casting (New York)

Jeff Thompson

Production Assistant (Additional Photography)

Rick Trabucco

Special Thanks

Paul Urmson

Special Sound Effects Designer

Christine Vachon

Producer

Elizabeth Verghese

Post-Production Accountant

Gina Vetro

Special Thanks

Joana Vicente

Producer

Luciana Nunes Vieira

Designer & Animation (Additional Photography)

John Walsh

Special Thanks

Megan Warner

Unit Production Manager (Additional Photography)

David Welch

Script Supervisor

Andrew Yeo

Location Manager

Judith Zarin

Co-Executive Producer

Issa Zaroui

Location Manager (Additional Photography)

Film Details

Also Known As
Contenders - dokusåpa till döds, Series 7: The Contenders, Series Seven
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Axium International; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Duart Film And Video; Edgewood Studios; Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, Llp; Film Division, Connecticut Commission On Culture And Tourism; Good Machine International; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates (Ny); Hoyts Distribution; Jason Bowers; Jeremy Walker & Associates; Killer Films; Liman Video Rentals; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Sound One; Sundance Institute; Upn
Distribution Company
October Films/USA Films; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lucky Red; October Films; RCV Distribution; Usa Films; Usa Home Entertainment
Location
Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States March 16, 2001

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States February 2001

Released in United States January 2001

Released in United States on Video September 25, 2001

Released in United States Spring March 2, 2001

Shown at Berlin international Film Festival (Panorama) February 7-18, 2001.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film (in competition) August 31 - September 9, 2001.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.

USA Films reportedly paid $1 million for the North American rights.

Feature directorial debut for screenwriter Daniel Minahan.

Began shooting November 15, 1999.

Completed shooting March 4, 2000.

Project workshopped at the Sundance Institute's 1996 January Screenwriters Lab and the 1996 June Filmmakers Lab.

United Artists International was formerly known as G2 Films.

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film (in competition) August 31 - September 9, 2001.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)

Released in United States February 2001 (Shown at Berlin international Film Festival (Panorama) February 7-18, 2001.)

Released in United States Spring March 2, 2001 (NY, LA)

Expanded Release in United States March 16, 2001

Released in United States on Video September 25, 2001