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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Entertaining Carol Reed film in beautiful Spanish landscapes.
7 May 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Rex and Stella Black" (Laurence Harvey and Lee Remick) are launching a scheme to defraud 50,000 pounds to an insurance company. "Rex" fakes his death in a plane crash, changes appearance, and using a stolen passport, flies to Spain, where he meets Stella. The personality of "Rex" begins to change, a situation exacerbated by the arrival of "Stephen" (Alan Bates), a young insurance investigator who gets nervous. "Stella", scared, tries to seduce him to remove the danger, but "Rex", convinced that "Stephen" has discovered the fraud, attempts to remove him.

We can say that "The Running Man" is not among the best films of director Carol Reed, but if it has that touch of quality that guarantees at least good entertainment and a good time. The cast features Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick and Alan Bates, this acts as the heavy agent of the insurance company. It has an entertaining story and good management scenarios filmed in Spanish, where we can see some extraordinary landscapes and some beautiful places of southern Spain.

Among the supporting cast we see high quality Spanish players like Fernando Rey and Juanjo Menéndez.


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