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Running Scared (1986)

Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
John DiSanti ...
Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ...
Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho ...
Apartment Manager


Danny and Ray are two street wise cops in Chicago. When they are almost killed on a case, they are forced to take a vacation by their captain. Key West offers a substantial change over frozen Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar in Key West. Upon returning, they find that Julio, the drug dealer who nearly killed them has made bail and is trying to complete a giant drug deal. They decide to complete their case against Julio before quitting, but then begin being careful. Their effectiveness drops as they find they can't operate the way they did before if they don't have the edge of a long time commitment. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,227,757 (USA) (29 June 1986)


$38,500,726 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the television series, "The Directors", Peter Hyams stated that when MGM offered him the project following the success of 2010 (1984), the script focused on two old New York City cops who want to retire. Hyams suggested his idea of two young Chicago cops who don't retire and MGM agreed. See more »


When Hughes reports that their taxi, chasing Julio's limo, is heading south on I-190, you can see them pass the exit for the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. However, they exit at River Road (north), and you see the Hyatt again on the off-ramp. Right afterwards, once you see them exit onto River Road, the scene suddenly shifts to Oakton Street and Niles Center Road in Skokie. The two locations are 9 miles apart and would require driving through the towns of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, and Morton Grove first. See more »


Danny Costanzo: Why weren't we on that track?
Ray Hughes: Oh, now you're going to criticize my driving?
Danny Costanzo: Well, it's just that you get to do all the dangerous stuff, and I get to parallel park.
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9 March 2004 | by (Jonesboro,Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is great movie for fans of (the late great) Gregory Hines or Billy Crystal.I not too big on Crystal,although Analyze this/that were funny.I like this performance more.He played a serious role,especially

when someone kidnapped somebody he loved.He and Hines cracked jokes and worked great together.It took me nearly 13 years to finally watch it,uncut,commercial free, unlike they show on TBS or TNT or any other.I have this thing about watching Movies on tv,(No Nudity,no cursing,edited scenes and commercials)You're not seeing the movie as it was intended.So even though i would glance at it for a second,I"d turn from it.I rented it at blockbuster in 99'bought Vhs in 2000.Dvd in 2002.Even though,I knew of it and saw it at various video stores.I finally got around to it. I love the title song playing in the opening sequence with the city of Chicago and it's people. It had great music all around, especially the Michael McDonald classic"Sweet Freedom". Every time i heard it on the radio I thought about the movie.It had a music video go with it, that had Hines and Crystal singing,dancing,and acting funny. I wish the Dvd had put that and a director's commentary on there along with the outtakes. It had a bunch of funny scenes -too many to name.Having to give their pants up for Julio Gonzalez(Jimmy Smits)and the jokes that followed.Or when they're hanging upside down in a trash compactor arguing about $10 dollars-.I love the scene where Hines and Crystal get held up,but the criminals bolted in their car ,and i looked as if they got away,but the truck forced them drive back into Hines and Crystal.The smile those two give each other are priceless.When a kid at a house of a lady they're questioning keeps giving Hines the bird.The lady shuts her door.Hines knocks,the kid answers and Hines gives him the bird Yelling "Yessssssss". Their vacation time in Florida had good scenery-motorcycles,women,fishing boat,roller skates, and the idea to retire from the cop business.Oh,yes and "Sweet Freedom"playing through it.The Chase from the airport onto train tracks was awesome.The shootout in the building, in the last scene in the movie was good.These scenes are few of many, that stand out to me.This movie had action,witty dialogue,smart,intelligent-just plain great and funny.Now Hines and Crystal took different film routes after this. Crystal -comedies,So his one and only action movie he did a great job,.It was a physical role for him too.Running,jumping, shooting.He had a seriousness about him too.Hines went onto-action,and dramas .So in that time and space ,they were wonderful . If you liked Beverly Hills Cop,Bad Boys-one similarity is Martin Lawrence and Will Smith get held up for their car ,like Hines and Crystal for their wallets. The movie worked the same formula for the genre as those.Sad it wasn't as big at the box office like them.That's probably why a sequel wasn't made.Although the chemistry was there. Commenting on it- "makes me wants to go and watch it right

now!!!!!!" I give it a 10 out of 10********* R.I.P - Gregory Hines

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