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Rex Black
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Stella Black
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Stephen Maddux
Felix Aylmer ...
Parson
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Hilda Tanner
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Jenkins
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Tom Webster
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Miles Bleeker
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Madge Penderby
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Roberto (as Juan Jose Menendez)
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Sam Crewdson
Colin Gordon ...
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Roger Delgado ...
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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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England...France...Gibraltar...Malaga...From the Four Corners of the Earth...To the Far Corners of Suspense! See more »

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Carol Reed's The Running Man  »

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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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Rex Black: Where did he get it?
Stella Black: I lost it.
Rex Black: Where?
Stella Black: In his bed.
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Referenced in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) See more »

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No classic, but pleasantly diverting
16 July 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

For those who resent paying their insurance premiums--and who amongst us doesn't--there is Carol Reed's The Running Man, not to be confused with the Arnold Schwarzinator film of the same name. The always dapper but much too thin Laurence Harvey stars as Rex Black, a professional pilot whose insurance claim is turned down by frosty Allan Cuthbertson due to coverage that expired two days prior to an accident. Enraged, Harvey and wife (played by an icily beautiful Lee Remick) launch a scheme to bilk the insurance company of a very large sum of money. Unfortunately, claims adjustor Alan Bates is on the job to complicate matters for the felonious couple. John Mortimer's screenplay is a bit flat and frankly unbelievable at times, but the superb cast more than makes up for it. The film, shot in colour and on location in Spain, looks gorgeous, but Encore is airing a pan-and-scan print that severely compromises the original Panavision framing. At least this print retains a widescreen credits sequence, which features some superb work by Bond main man Maurice Binder.


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