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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 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 <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 their pants is a real bad start! See more »


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27 June 1986 (USA)  »

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$38,500,726 (USA)
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A spin-off music video was produced for Michael McDonald's hit single 'Sweet Freedom', which was a major part of the film's soundtrack. In the video, Ray and Danny are in their squad car looking at a postcard from 'McDonald' in Florida which says 'Wish You Were Here' (implying that was the inspiration for them choosing that as their holiday destination). We then see a montage of action scenes from the film over the song's intro, followed by Michael McDonald singing the song at his keyboard in a Florida bar. At the song's climax, Ray and Danny join up with him and have some beers, and then dance along to and join in the song's backing vocals as it draws to a close. See more »

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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 »

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[Having just arrived to Key West, Florida, Danny and Ray see a crowd of people gathered at the docks]
Danny Costanzo: What's going on? What happened?
Ray Hughes: I don't know. Maybe a ship sank.
Danny Costanzo: Somebody drown?
Julie: We're watching the sunset.
Ray Hughes: Yeah, right.
Danny Costanzo: Really, what happened?
Julie: The sun is setting, can't you see it?
Ray Hughes: Don't give us that, the sun sets every night!
Julie: Yeah, and we come out every night to watch it. Isn't it beautiful?
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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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