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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 are being programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all. See more »


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One of a number of 1980s movies where KISS actor Gene Simmons portrayed a villain. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) was another. See more »

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While Thompson is being operated on for her gunshot wound, there are two intravenous bags set up to deliver fluid into her arm. Both IV bags have their runner valves locked in the closed position, meaning that the IV's weren't delivering any medication. See more »

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Ramsay: Congratulations, guys, you just staked out a roll of toilet paper.
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Referenced in Virus (1999) See more »

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Movie is NOT set in the future.
8 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the biggest misconceptions about this classic scifi flic is that it is set in "the future" where robots are prevalent.

Quite the contrary. The premise of the movie is a world in which the development of robots evolved at the same rate as that of the home computer, becoming every bit as common-place and mundane. This is revealed in the opening scene where some small renegade field bots are described as using an "8088 microprocessor", the most common Intel CPU used in all IBM desktop PC's that year (1984). If this were the future, the writers would likely of made up some fictional processor of the future rather than date the film with currently available technology.

The cars in the film are no more futuristic than cars of the same year as the film, nor is the construction of any homes (no pools in the living room or places to plug in your nuclear toaster). Only items relating to computer technology are any different, and even that was no more advanced that was was currently available at the time (though of course what was DONE with that technology is pure fiction).

I think knowing this fact adds to the enjoyment of the film. Too many people seem disappointed that the movie doesn't seem "futuristic enough".


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