9 user 2 critic

Running Scared (1980)

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.



(story), (screenplay)

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When an undergraduate commits suicide, his best friend Tom Betancourt is sent down from university because he did nothing to prevent the death, which he felt was a choice his friend had a right to make.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: Robert Powell, Gayle Hunnicutt, Barry Morse
Taps I (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

An ex-GI's daughter is abducted by a gang of white supremacists. He calls on one of his former Army buddies, and together they set out to track down the gang and rescue his daughter.

Director: Joseph Manduke
Stars: Ken Wahl, George DiCenzo, Xander Berkeley
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson (C. Thomas Howell), soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to ... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze
Pandemonium (1982)
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Tom Smothers, Carol Kane, Tammy Alverson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Jaeger
Sergeant McClain
Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
Tom McFadden ...
Col. Williams
Tim Brantly ...
Kid in Jalopy
Mary Lawson ...
Lisa Felcoski ...
Francine Joyce ...
Robin Winston
Malcolm Jones ...
C-47 Pilot
Roger Pretto ...
Commando Lieutenant


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Back in the U.S.A.  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


When Chaz and Sallie Mae make it out of the swamp to a small store, there is a television playing news about Marilyn Monroe , and the proposed invasion. The television is a 1970s model table top. It should be a late 1950s or early 60s black and white as most programming in the early 1960s was black and white. See more »


Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook (as Max Crow)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Judge Reinhold and Ken Wahl are caught up in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion!
29 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Chas McClain(Wahl) and Leroy Beecher(Judge)are returning home to Florida from military service in the Panama Canal zone as stow-aways on a C-47 cargo plane. Leroy is smuggling a trunk full of guns, cameras, and other goods he has appropriated as his Army "discharge bonus"

When the C-47 makes an unexpected supply drop at a secret military base, under preparation for a Cuban invasion, Leroy innocently takes a photograph while testing his new infra-red camera.

Chas and Leroy's civilian freedom is short-lived because a paranoid intelligence agent has discovered evidence of Judge's photography and assumes the boys are spies. Captain Munoz(John Saxon)doing his best Cuban,officer in the invasion force, is ordered to bring in the boys for questioning. Order are to stop at nothing, including torture, to get the answers they want. This is some of Reinhold best acting, he shows skill he hasn't use since. A good late-nite actioner. Oh yeah lots of cool cars from late 50's and early 60's.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page