It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.

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Chas McClain
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Leroy Beecher
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Sally Mae Giddens
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Arthur Jaeger
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Captain Munoz
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Sergeant McClain
Lonny Chapman ...
Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
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Col. Williams
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Kid in Jalopy
Mary Lawson ...
Ponytail
Lisa Felcoski ...
Sandy
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Robin Winston
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Storekeeper
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Roger Pretto ...
Commando Lieutenant
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In 1961, Chas and Leroy, two fun-loving military serviceman who had enough of the service, leave Panama as stowaways in a military cargo plane flying for the States. Leroy is not satisfied with compensation for his army days, so he smuggles with him one box of military supplies, which he plans to sell in the USA. He tries out a military camera on some military base they fly over and throws away the photos. In the states, an army cleaner finds photos inside the plane and alerts his superiors. They think the stowaways are communist spies and the base starts a frantic search. Written by Anonymous

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Running Scared (1980) is known by a plethora of aka titles on home video and cable television such as "Panic Escape", "Desperate Men", and "Back in the USA". See more »

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The story is set in 1961 Florida. The big yellow Ryder van the bad guys use is a late 1970s model Chevrolet moving van. See more »

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Runaways running scared .
3 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Borrowing its title from a famous Roy Orbison song,this film is much fun ,humor and entertainment.Its political background might elude the young generations but it inspires its vital madness:all the secret agents paranoia hot on the heels of two poor guys -soon to be joined by a girl -make a funny spoof on the spy thrillers.Even the ending recalls that of "Thunderball".The characters are all caricatures ,from the boy's fathers to the paranoiac villains (John Saxon )whose one and only fear is the commies.

Judge Reinhold is much fun to watch :Here,he looks like the missing link between Jerry Lewis and Jim Carrey.He is not far from a cartoon character (Goofy).His best moment happens when he is aping Del Shannon singing "runaway" while his enemies shows themselves.


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