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Runaway (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 December 1984 (USA)
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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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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One of two 1984 movies starring actor Tom Selleck first released in that year. The other picture was Lassiter (1984). Both films had one word titles with three syllables. See more »

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The helicopter lands close to people and their cars. After Ramsay had caught the robot, he goes back to the helicopter with her partner : you can see the people and cars far behind them. Then the chopper is taking off, it is more closer to people and cars again. See more »

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Ramsay: Congratulations, guys, you just staked out a roll of toilet paper.
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Predictable, But Definitely Entertaining
17 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a decent suspense film with a different twist for its day, dealing with robots. The idea has since been copied in a few films.

Here, cops go after runaway robots and after a villain who is trying to steal deadly weapons (gosh, that's original). The special effects are pretty good - especially since this was made over 20 years ago - and I particularly enjoyed watching the heat-seeking bullets fired from the villain's gun. Rock star Gene Simmons, by the way, does a nice job as the bad guy.

As entertaining as this Tom Selleck movie was, it had a B-quality to it with some stupid and predictable dialog. The climactic scenes were very predictable. You just knew certain things were going to happen...and they did. Yet, it was fun to watch and worth one look.


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