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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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Cast

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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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Time is Running Out for the Running Man...And His Woman! See more »

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October 1963 (USA)  »

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Carol Reed's The Running Man  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During his getaway towards the end of the film, the rear view mirror of Laurence Harvey's Lincoln Continental appear and disappear between long shots and close ups. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rex Black: Where did he get it?
Stella Black: I lost it.
Rex Black: Where?
Stella Black: In his bed.
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Connections

Referenced in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) See more »

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Starts off strong but can't maintain
29 October 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was really enjoying this at first. The first fifteen or twenty minutes seemed a good set-up for a premise that sounds exciting and suspenseful. Then suddenly Laurence Harvey is walking around with dyed blonde hair and a terrible Aussie accent and the film derails itself from there. Literally nothing happens for over half an hour. Just characters going to dinner with each other and talking a lot about nothing. Carol Reed was a great director who has done much better but his attempts at building suspense between the insurance agent and the couple fell flat, in my opinion. I've seen a few reviews that referred to this as a "great cat and mouse thriller." Personally I think this is very misleading as it implies this is a movie full of action and intrigue when there's very little of either.

The actors are fine, for the most part. Harvey's fake Australian accent is terrible and he tends to overact more than under. Alan Bates is good for a rather dull part. Lee Remick is beautiful and does OK with the material but her character makes choices we have to make guesses as to the reasoning behind and that sort of thing always bugs me. Anyway, check it out if you come across it. Your opinion might be more favorable than mine. It's not a bad film, just not a particularly good one.


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