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Series 7: The Contenders Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The "reality TV" craze is taken to its final, logical extreme as six people hunt each other down in a small town for the benefit of network TV cameras in this darkly comic satire. "The Contenders" is a top-rated television game show in which six contestants are set loose in the same Connecticut community, with orders to kill or be killed; the last of the six who is still alive is declared the winner. As "The Contenders" goes into its seventh season, Dawn (Brooke Smith) is a two-time champion who is hoping to hold on to her title, despite the fact that she's due to have a baby in a month. Dawn's rivals this time out are Tony (Michael Kaycheck), an unemployed blue-collar worker with a taste for violence; Connie (Marylouise Burke), a middle-aged nurse who doesn't like to hurt people but is an experienced hand with a syringe; Lindsay (Merritt Wever), an 18-year-old dance student whose parents are eager to see her compete; Franklin (Richard Venture), an elderly conspiracy theorist with a tenuous hold on reality; and Jeff (Glenn Fitzgerald), who is dying of testicular cancer -- and was Dawn's boyfriend years ago. Series 7: The Contenders marked the directorial debut for Daniel Minahan, who previously employed pop culture and America's obsession with violence as themes in his screenplay for I Shot Andy Warhol. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 20, 2001

Crew

Daniel Minahan
Director
Joana Vicente
Producer
Katie Roumel
Producer
Christine Vachon
Producer
Daniel Minahan
Screenwriter
Randy Drummond
Cinematographer
Malcolm Jamieson
Editor
Gideon Ponte
Production Designer
Gretchen McGowan
Co-producer
Pamela Koffler
Associate Producer
Susan Shopmaker
Casting
Lewis Goldstein
Sound Director
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