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Running Hot (1984)

R | | Crime, Drama | February 1984 (USA)
A teenager, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his father, escapes from jail. He hooks up with a prostitute and they take to the road to find the real killer of his father.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Carrico ...
Charlene Andrews
Danny Hicks
Officer Trent
Tom Bond
Louise Baker ...
Joe George ...
Officer Berman
Laurel Patrick ...
Sorrells Pickard ...
Ex-con in Desert
Ben Hammer ...
Danny's Father
Juliette Cummins ...
Lesley Woods ...
Charlene's Mother
Bob Carroll Jr. ...
Geno Havens ...
Foreman (as Gino Havens)


A teenager, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his father, escapes from jail. He hooks up with a prostitute and they take to the road to find the real killer of his father.

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She Was All He Had Left, Between San Quentin and Death Row! See more »


Crime | Drama


R | See all certifications »




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February 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Makin' It  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Obscure but kind of interesting 80's flick
4 October 2009 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is a good example of the kind of movies I like to watch. It's not a great classic that everyone (or, for that matter, really anyone) has heard of, but neither is it a campy "so-bad-its-good" type thing that people who like to watch "bad" movies supposedly seek out (most of these kind of would-be "cult" movies actually set out to be campy and still manage to fail miserably). The plot of this movie, treated seriously more or less, involves an innocent teenager (Eric Stoltz)sentenced to prison after killing his father in an incident involving his young sister (Juliette Cummins). He attracts the attention of a female admirer/stalker (Monica Caraccio), a thirty-year-old prostitute and kept woman, and after he escapes from prison, they meet up and go on the lam together.

This actually sounds a lot like the notorious Helen Slater/Christian Slater anti-classic "The Legend of Billy Jean" released around the same time. But while that was an especially insipid 80's teen movie this is definitely NOT for teens, despite the presence of clean-cut future teen heart-throb Eric Stoltz in an early pre-"Mask" role. Stoltz's character may be innocent of killing his father technically, but he manages to kill a lot of other people including a cop and the Caraccio character's sugar daddy. Stoltz is not bad and certainly better than he was in a lot of his 80's movies (like "Mask"). Carracio's character meanwhile is first introduced masturbating in a bathtub, and her sexually available character makes for interesting relationship with Stoltz's who, despite his murderous proclivities, is virginal and innocent in many ways. I've never seen Carracio before or after this movie, but she looks kind of like Jenny Wright (one my favorite obscure 80's actresses) and she gives a pretty decent performance. (She also has some nude scenes and there are lots of gratuitous shots of her fine, fine butt).

Believe it or not though, I actually watched this movie for Juliette Cummins, one my favorite 80's "scream queens". Cummins was far less prolific than fellow "scream queens" like Linnaea Quigley or Brinke Stevens and usually appeared only in movies with a number after them (i.e. "Friday the 13th Part V", "Slumber Party Massacre II", "Psycho III"). She was only in her teens when she made this movie though (and is very unconvincingly playing a twelve year old). She has a very small, but important part as the only witness to the murder of Stoltz's father. I don't know that I'm really seek this movie out,but it is kind of interesting if you get a chance to see it.

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