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The Running Man (1963)

Hard up and with a grudge against insurance companies, Rex Black feigns his death and meets up with his wife and the money in Malaga when things seemed to have quietened down. But when the ... See full summary »

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Rex Black
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Stella Black
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Stephen Maddux
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Parson
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Hilda Tanner
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Jenkins
Harold Goldblatt ...
Tom Webster
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Miles Bleeker
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Madge Penderby
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Juanjo Menéndez ...
Roberto (as Juan Jose Menendez)
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Sam Crewdson
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Solicitor
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Jim Jerome
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Hard up and with a grudge against insurance companies, Rex Black feigns his death and meets up with his wife and the money in Malaga when things seemed to have quietened down. But when the insurance investigator from the claim also turns up Rex starts a game of cat-and-mouse. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Famed director Carol Reed focuses on naked fear! See more »

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Last film score of William Alwyn See more »

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Just after Stephen is pulled from his wrecked car, we see that the tree that has been holding the car back from careening over the cliff has been neatly chopped with an ax at the base. See more »

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Stephen Maddux: Well it's all right to be jealous but he needn't have gone mad with it.
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Referenced in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) See more »

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Much better than you've heard: The Running Man
21 September 2007 | by (Out There in the Dark) – See all my reviews

Sorely underrated and dismissed at the time of its release, THE RUNNING MAN can now be seen for what it it: a highly effective thriller. Director Carol Reed was said to be shaken after being dismissed from MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, but it really doesn't show. He conducts us deftly through a nicely conceived intrigue, with no time wasted. If a viewer can forgive a small handful of plot contrivances, this movie delivers in suspense, interesting characters, acting, and pleasing use of locations. The cast is superb: Laurence Harvey might look underfed, but his character is richly drawn he seems to have a great time. Lee Remick has never been better: a woman who sees her husband for what he really is when he assumes a new identity. And Alan Bates, an actor who radiated charm, brings a lot of substance to his part. Watch for Fernando Rey and Fortunio Bonanova (the singing teacher from CITIZEN KANE--"Impossible! Impossible!") as a bank manager. The script has a good helping of humor along with the suspense. And William Alwyn's music score enhances the film as well. It may not be THE THIRD MAN, but THE RUNNING MAN is likely to satisfy most fans of thrillers, the director and the estimable cast.


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