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"Series 7: The Contenders is a 2001 film directed by Daniel Minahan. The movie is presented as a marathon of the seventh series of an American reality television show called The Contenders, where six people, picked at random from a national lottery, are each given a gun and forced to hunt and kill each other for the cameras. The film is a dark satire of the reality television genre. It stars Brooke Smith as Dawn, the reigning champion from the sixth series. It shares similarities with cult Japanese film, Battle Royale, 1986 Schwarzenegger vehicle The Running Man, and several other films.
Five new contestants are selected in a seemingly random lottery and they along with the winner of the previous series make a total of six Contenders. Each series of The Contenders is played within the limits of a chosen city or town. Contenders are provided with a gun, though they may acquire other weapons, and the last one left alive is the winner. Contestants are forced to play the game, regardless of whether they do not wish to do so. When a contender wins three tours of the game, they are free from the game.
The film purposely leaves many key details unexplained, as the viewer is supposed to be watching only what the creators actually aired in the fictional TV show. It is not explained how the reality TV show got into so powerful a position that it could randomly select people to be killed, but all the Contenders seem to treat it as something they have absolutely no control over.
Series 7 is set in Newbury, Connecticut which happens to be the hometown of Dawn Lagarto. She is the longest reigning contender the show has ever seen. She has won two tours, and just needs to win one more to be set free. Dawn is eight months pregnant, and hopes to win the game for her baby.
The idea for this project came to Daniel Minahan after he worked for a reality TV show. Minahan actually pitched the fake reality show concept to a network executive as an actual series in 1998. The first round of notes came back from the executive. "Can it be more sexy and less violent?"
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