8.0/10
953
6 user 9 critic

The Runner (1984)

Davandeh (original title)
| Drama | 1984 (Iran)
Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Lost and left behind in a foreign country after running away, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.

Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami
Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami
The Cow (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Golrokh an Iranian lady who is a talented author struggles to settle her presumably disloyal but amorous husband's debts that his business partner has caused and left him to bear the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Majid Mozaffari, Reza Kianian
Hamoun (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Stars: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari
Gheisar (1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young man's drive to avenge for his sister and brother.

Director: Masud Kimiai
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Pouri Baneai, Naser Malek Motiee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Naser Taghvai
Stars: Dariush Arjmand, Ali Nassirian, Saeed Poursamimi
The Deer (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Faramarz Gharibian, Nosrat Partovi
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mirza Ebrahim Khan, travels past in time to introduce cinematography to the previous king who can afford to pay for the new industry. But Nasser-e-din Shah takes an interest in the actress ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Akbar Abdi, Morteza Ahmadi, Dariush Arjmand
The Tenants (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two brothers are involved in a dispute over a house in urban Tehran. It is only through a series of adventures with the tenants that they are able to settle their differences.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Akbar Abdi, Ezzatolah Entezami, Farimah Farjami
Desiderium (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of a three brother: Majid, they young handicapped brother with a deformed head falls in love with Aghdas, a prostitute hired by his eldest ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Hatami
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Fakhri Khorvash
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Abbas Nazeri
Majid Niroumand ...
Amiro
Musa Torkizadeh
Edit

Storyline

Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in school. In school, he has conflict with other students. Finally there is a competition to see who can say the whole alphabet in one breath. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1984 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Der Läufer  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Scenes of Amiro, The Runner, by Amir Naderi
21 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without family or a home to shelter him, nine year old Amiro (played by Majid Niroomand) is an iconic character against the changing landscape of the Southern Iran, which has become new ground for military and foreign interest.

Through Amiro's eyes , Naderi depicts scenes of the poverty in the junk yards as the poor fight over trash, the abuse of women being led like animals behind their husbands, or the demoralization of a man who steals from Amiro by not paying for a glass of ice water. The old Iran is crumbling, while Amiro, the child hero, rejects all of it as he "runs" metaphorically to survive.

Naderi photographs Amiro like Tom Sawyer on his journey down The Mississippi, a child joining the changing society of the Persian Gulf. Amiro intuitively knows the oil ships, the planes and the trains are the new Iran and he shouts emphatically "take me along!".

Naderi seemly stacks scenes of the boy feeding himself, washing his own clothes, and building a business as a shoeshine boy for the foreigners and navel officers. He gives the boy very little but his own guts, self-reliance and determination, which help him find a way to fit in among the foreigners. He wants to be included, he wants to go where the planes go, the boats go, the trains go. He cries into the waves his own language. He wants to prove that he is worthy of this new world.

The final scene is a slow motion tribute to Amiro's determination and survival. He races in a competition against the other boys for the block of ice near the oil fields. The telephoto lens captures Amiro's joy against the violent flames of the fires burning off the gases of the oil wells. Through this lens, Amiro survives and shares his joy of winning the race with the other boys like him.

The Runner is a symbolic and hopeful look at what Iran has become, a place where orphans like Amiro are able to make their own way to prove their worthiness, loyalty, intelligence, and strength.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Runner (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?