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In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.

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Jack Ramsay
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Jackie
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Marvin
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Bobby Ramsay
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Johnson
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Hooker at Bar
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Miss Shields
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Sally (as Carol Teesdale)
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Inspector
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Harry
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Construction Foreperson (as Babs Chulla)
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In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target. Written by Andy Phillips

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It Is The Future. He fought the horror of robots programmed to kill. See more »


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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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The pistol used by Ramsay is a custom-built Detonics 1911 9mm with the muzzle belled to look like a .45. See more »

Goofs

When the domestic robot is examined, and the officer states "We've got a non-standard chip here", he's pointing at a chip marked CD4011 with the Texas Instruments logo on it. This is one of the most basic and common of all digital chips, and not at all "sophisticated", as he also puts it. See more »

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Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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Above-average, with a nice electronic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
28 October 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Whilst not expertly handled by director Crichton (yes, Michael Crichton), Runaway at least succeeds in being reasonably interesting and very watchable.

It's one of those movies that succeeds in being very enjoyable without actually being that good. There is something very comfortable about the tone of the whole film. Whilst most of the set-pieces could have been more tightly edited and paced, there is an undeniable consistency in the visuals throughout. Coupled with this is an impressive electronic score by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, done in the same year as his beautiful work on Ridley Scott's Legend, at which time Goldsmith was in the process of moving over to synthesizers.

Not great, not bad, just fine. Memorably throwaway.

PS Gene Simmons (from Kiss) makes a nasty-looking villain.


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