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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

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Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
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John DiSanti ...
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Ace
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Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ...
Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho ...
Apartment Manager
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Thug
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Storyline

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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They've got 30 days to clean up Chicago before they retire to Paradise... Losing their police car, their suspect and having their cover blown is a real bad start. See more »


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27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre  »

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Box Office

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$38,500,726 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A plot device is borrowed from The Black Windmill (1974). In one film Michael Caine's son is kidnapped and to get the ransom (uncut diamonds) he impersonates his boss (Donald Pleasence) on the phone and gives himself permission to take the diamonds from work (MI5). In the other Billy Crystal's ex-wife is kidnapped and he impersonates his boss (Dan Hedaya) on the telephone to give himself permission to take the ransom (cocaine held as evidence) from work (Chicago police department). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Hynes and Crystal are in a Chicago park at Christmastime. All of the trees in the park are loaded with green leaves - not something you'll ever see in Chicago in December. See more »

Quotes

Captain Logan: You're gonna what?
Danny Costanzo: Quit. Leave. Depart. Vamoose. Amscray.
Ray Hughes: Retire! This is our official 30 day notice.
Captain Logan: Let me tell you something. When you've been cops this long, you are not fit for anything else. What are you gonna do, open a bar?
Ray Hughes: [gives Danny a sidelong glance] We're looking for some new career challenges.
Danny Costanzo: Yeah, something with a future.
Captain Logan: Show me another career they let you shoot people.
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El Chase
By The Rod Temperton Beatwagon Feat. Larry Williams
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A Delight
13 April 2006 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

There are films, when going in, you don't expect much and then are pleasantly surprised. This was one of those films. It was difficult for me to picture Billy Crystal as an undercover cop, but he was very good in this. The focus of the movie was mostly on Billy, but there was a wonderful chemistry between him and Gregory Hines. It is not a date movie, but is great to see with a buddy. If you are just a bit off center, and have a friend who is equally off center, but one who balances you, this is a movie that you can thoroughly enjoy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and hoped we could have a re-teaming of Crystal and Hines, but Gregory Hines untimely death robbed us of that.

Watch it, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Ohhhhh Nooooo!


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