Running Scared (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  27 June 1986 (USA)
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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.



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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 <>

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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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$38,500,726 (USA)

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After returning from Florida, Ray wears a Tampa Bay Buccaneers hat. At the time the movie was filmed, the Buccaneers and Chicago Bears were division rivals. See more »


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 »


Ray Hughes: Look at that sunset!
Danny Costanzo: It's incredible. Just incredible.
Ray Hughes: I'll tell you... I never wanna leave.
Danny Costanzo: We can come back.
Ray Hughes: We will. Next year's vacations.
Danny Costanzo: I mean for good. We can move down here.
Ray Hughes: No, being a cop down here wouldn't be the same.
Danny Costanzo: I don't mean being a cop. I mean to quit, retire, be a regular person.
Ray Hughes: Regular people suck!
Danny Costanzo: Maybe, but they hardly ever get shot.
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


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Good acting in this buddy-cop movie
7 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines are an unlikely, but successful acting pair. They make "Running Scared" an alright movie. Both are funny and play off each other very well. The plot in buddy-cop movies is almost always the same, its the actors that make a difference in this genre of film. "Running Scared" works because the two lead actors give great comedic performances. Oh, and if you're ever feeling nostalgic for the '80s, watch this movie!

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