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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


$38,500,726 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

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: Garcia, I said one backup! *One backup*! You bring the Rose Parade!
Sergeant Garcia: You never called for a backup before! We figured,
[cracking up]
Sergeant Garcia: ...we figured it was a riot.
Ray Hughes: [furious] Get in the car. Would you get in the car, Mr. Backup?
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The original buddy-comedy action film
9 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Running Scared" was released one year before "Lethal Weapon". Followed by "Tango & Cash", "Last Boy Scout", and "Showdown In Little Tokyo". "Running Scared" seems to be a forgotten 80's classic. Not many people mention it when discussing great buddy-cop films. But they should.

The chemistry between Crystal and Hines is magical. Both actors bring a lot to the table and their comic timing is perfect. They make a great duo and it's a shame a sequel never followed. This film is ripe for rediscovery. Some great actors pop up in supporting roles as well. If you dig any of the buddy-cop movies that followed it, watch this film. Good action, good laughs, great movie.

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