6.5/10
8,549
66 user 21 critic

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 that nearly killed them in the past.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

Director: Billy Crystal
Stars: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bitter ex-husband. A put upon momma's boy. Both want their respective spouse and mother dead, but who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto
The Presidio (1988)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan
F/X (1986)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri
City Slickers (1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

Director: Ron Underwood
Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern
Forget Paris (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mickey Gordon is a basketball referee who travels to France to bury his father. Ellen Andrews is an American living in Paris who works for the airline he flies on. They meet and fall in ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Crystal
Stars: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna
White Nights (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Shortly after their first western adventure, Mitch Robbins and his friends discover a treasure map that belonged to their late trail guide Curly and set out to discover its secrets.

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern
Stakeout (1987)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two cops have to observe a woman. One of them falls in love with her.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$38,500,726 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Hughes and Constanza are discussing living in Florida, they observe, in disparaging tones, that the only baseball there is during Spring training. But, seven years later, Florida was awarded its first team--the Miami Marlins. See more »

Goofs

Lack of motion blur during the car chase on the El reveals that it was filmed with the vehicles moving slowly and then sped up to give the appearance of a chase. See more »

Quotes

Captain Logan: [to Ray and Danny] Hey! That jumper yesterday? Just got a flash from the coroner on the cause of death!
Danny Costanzo: Oooh, let me guess. Deceleration trauma.
Ray Hughes: Cement poisoning.
Captain Logan: He drowned.
Danny Costanzo: Oh, poor guy couldn't swim or fly, huh?
See more »

Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Wanna Be Loved
By Ready for the World
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very funny movie with inspired teaming
2 October 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Very funny cop/buddy movie that owes a lot to the inspired teaming of Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal. The script may not be much, but it has enough in it to keep the audience interested, while director Peter Hyams keeps the action and, more importantly, the comedy, rolling at a good pace. For it is the comedy that makes this picture.

Hines and Crystal are in great form. They play off each other wonderfully, and their comic timing is perfect as they deliver some hilarious lines. Situation after situation will have you in stitches in this film. Writers Gary De Vore and Jimmy Huston certainly have a sharp sense of humour.

Tuesday, July 7, 1992 - Video


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
favorite lines in Running Scared b_brutlag
R? michael-colan
Best cop buddy movie of the 80's mycave-1
fake snow.. crowboy505
Name of song during 80s montage scoobythedoo
Red car in the movie? johnj1188
Discuss Running Scared (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?