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Runaway (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 December 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ramsay
Anne-Marie Martin ...
Hooker at Bar
Elizabeth Norment ...
Miss Shields
Carol Teesdale ...
Jackson Davies ...
Paul Batten ...
Construction Foreperson (as Babs Chulla)


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. Machines intended to do our work are programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all. See more »


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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Runaway - Spinnen des Todes  »

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Did You Know?


When Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) visits the psychic, she begins saying a bunch of name, one of which was "Lucifer". This could be an inside joke, considering that many of detractors of Gene Simmons band KISS, have often claimed the name stands for "Knights In Satan's Service". See more »


The rogue robot in the beginning of the film, used a Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 Magnum revolver, which has a 6-round capacity, but the robot fires a total of 8 shots. See more »


Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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OK, if unspectacular science fiction action thriller
13 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had been vaguely interested in seeing this film for a while before I got down to it, for the prospect of a film directed by Michael Crighton (RIP), starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons and featuring evil spider robots was very inviting to me. It is pretty fun, but never reaches the heights it could do. Selleck plays a cop who suffers from vertigo and has the job of diffusing robots that have gone astray. His job mostly involves stopping runaway farming robots or misfiring security drones, but unfortunately someone has got a hold of micro chips that can make robots turn evil. So, Selleck and his partner, ably played by Cynthia Rhodes get on the case and find themselves up against a malign Gene Simmons. Selleck can do this sort of thing in his sleep and is effortlessly convincing, whilst Simmons plays a bad guy pretty well. Sadly the film is underwritten and has a few plot holes as well as lacking any real sense of emergency. The effects are pretty nice mid 80's stuff and the robots are well made, especially the spider robots that are a tad underused, apart from the cool finale. There are some good action sequences and the film has a swell pace, but somehow its just never that impressive. It sorely needed more violence, more intensity, or at the very least better writing, with the scenes dealing with Selleck's home life absolutely horrible. There isn't much in the way of characterisation, but Crighton does at least handle the action well and there are at least two decent set pieces. Altogether, this is worth a look for robot movie buffs or 80's nostalgia fans and its easygoing good fun, but definitely no classic.

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