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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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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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Gene Simmons made his dramatic theatrical feature film debut in this movie if one doesn't count KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978). The leader of the rock group KISS discovered, much to his delight, that he had his master villain character down pat. When asked to describe his role, Simmons says simply, "His name is Charles Luther and he's a very bad guy ," Playing the villain is all right with Simmons, as long as the role has depth. "If you hate me in this movie, I'll be thrilled." See more »

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Strings visible on the floater camera that Ramsey sends into Johnson's house while trying to rescue the baby. See more »

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Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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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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