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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. He fought the horror of robots programmed to kill. See more »


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Runaway - Spinnen des Todes  »

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"Runaway" was the first purely electronic score for composer Jerry Goldsmith. In order to give the synthesizers ambiance, several speakers were set up in a theater, and the playback recorded. See more »

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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 »

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Luther: I watch, I look, I listen. I'm watching you now.
Ramsay: Right. What's on your mind, Luther
Luther: You're standing by the desk punching buttons on the console, trying to trace this call, which won't do shit! Because I'm calling from a mobile phone. Now you're looking around... Now you're cupping your hand over the receiver!
Ramsay: He's tapped into the closed-circuit TV!
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One of the More Bland Selleck Films of the 1980s
15 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the near future (which today looks like the near past), the police have a new problem to contend with: runaways! What is a runaway? A robot that no longer responds to its programming and is going rogue, like Sarah Palin with circuit boards. And now they've gone from malfunction to murder, controlled by an evil madman.

What would you say if I said there's a film that has Tom Selleck as a cop that fights robotic spiders and an evil Gene Simmons? If you're like me, you'd say that you wanted to see it as soon as possible and stream it on Netflix. Well, that might be either the best decision you've ever made or your worst nightmare. (Also, if you're like me, you heard about this film from the TV show "Community", which is incredibly awesome.) Indeed, there's much to love about Selleck and a younger Simmons, and a fleet of robots programmed to destroy. Even Kirstie Alley, who has a generally repulsive nature, is presented as a sex symbol here, with mixed results. While I have great difficulty finding her attractive, the Selleck character becomes torn between her and his female partner. It's not quite a love triangle, but when you're Selleck you can have any woman you want.

Yet, the film drags at times, and the climax seems to go on a bit longer than necessary. As much as I love Selleck and the concept of this film, I can't say it ranks up there with "Gypsy Warrior" or "Quigley Down Under". I just didn't feel it. I should not have been bored at any time, but I was... if it wasn't for beer (in this case, Coors Light) it may have been a difficult film to sit through. Not good enough to enjoy or bad enough to rip on... just sort of bland.


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