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Running Scared -- Lots of laughs and a great camaraderie is the recipe for two street-wise cops who have decided to quit the force and open a bar. However, the duo's plans come to an abrupt stop when Julio, a drug dealer who nearly killed them, has made bail and is about to complete a major drug deal.  This motivates the two to stick with police work and bring Julio to justice.


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Release Date:
27 June 1986 (USA) See more »
Two of Chicago's Finest? See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins See more »
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Unoriginal but great fun See more (66 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Hines ... Ray Hughes

Billy Crystal ... Danny Costanzo

Steven Bauer ... Det. Frank Sigliano

Darlanne Fluegel ... Anna Costanzo

Joe Pantoliano ... Snake

Dan Hedaya ... Captain Logan

Jon Gries ... Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
Tracy Reed ... Maryann

Jimmy Smits ... Julio Gonzales
John DiSanti ... Vinnie

Larry Hankin ... Ace

Don Calfa ... Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ... Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho ... Apartment Manager

Louis Perez ... Thug
Ron Cummins ... Paging Officer
Natividad Ríos Kearsley ... Nude Woman
John LaMotta ... Evidence Officer
Richard Kuss ... Desk Officer
Jeff Silverman ... Property Officer
Dax Brooks ... Apartment Manager's Son
Jaime Alba ... Tatoo Customer (sic)
Meg Register ... Julie
Debbie Johnson ... Lunch Girl
Fred Buch ... David S. Tackett, Bank Manager
Ricardo Gutiérrez ... Sergeant Garcia (as Ricardo Guiterrez)
Frankie Davila ... Juan Martinez
Ernest Perry Jr. ... Adam Robertson
Etel Billig ... Aunt Sophie
James Noah ... Funeral Priest
Bob Zrna ... Father Gibson

Deanna Dunagan ... Sister Rebecca
Joe Guastaferro ... Fireman

Mike Bacarella ... TV Box Loader

Johnny O'Donnell ... Punk

Richard Wharton ... Punk
Tony Zurita Jr. ... Camino Real Kid
Saralynne Crittenden ... Hostage Lady

Jim Ortlieb ... Lab Technician
Julian Pena ... Columbian Youth
Alex Leonard Jenkins ... Impound Officer
William Lozada ... Basketball Punk
Irma O'Quendo ... Hispanic Girl
Charles D. Scholvin ... Guard
Joel Becker ... Custom Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Bassett ... Extra (uncredited)
Stephen Burrows ... Perplexed EL Passenger (uncredited)
Robert A. Janz ... Motorman (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Rick Sawaya ... Snake's Killer (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Hyams 
Writing credits
Gary DeVore (story)

Gary DeVore (screenplay) and
Jimmy Huston (screenplay)

Produced by
David Foster .... producer
Peter Hyams .... executive producer
Lawrence Turman .... producer
Jonathan A. Zimbert .... associate producer
Original Music by
Rod Temperton 
Udi Harpaz (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Peter Hyams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Mitchell 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
George Gaines  (as George P. Gaines)
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist (as Sugar Ginger Blymer)
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deborah A. Dell'Amico .... second assistant director (as Deborah Dell'Amico)
Aldric La'auli Porter .... second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... assistant director
Art Department
C.J. Maguire .... property master
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
David B. Brenner .... set designer (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago (uncredited)
John Turman .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... sound editor (as Randy Akerson)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos deLarios)
Mike Dobie .... sound editor (as Michael Dobie)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Trevor Jolly .... sound editor
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Meredith .... assistant sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg .... sound editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects assistant (as Dave Blitstein)
Doug Hubbard .... special effects assistant
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects supervisor (as Henry E. Millar)
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Couch Sr.)
Cliff Cudney .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg W. Elam)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt driver
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
Carey Loftin .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt double
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts (as Kay H. Whipple)
John Escobar .... utility stunts (uncredited)
James Fierro .... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Baron .... chief lighting technician
Billy Craft .... lighting technician
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (as Ralph R. Gerling)
Myron Hyman .... lighting technician
Tom May .... key grip
Aaron Pazanti .... first assistant camera
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
D. Michael Wheeler .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Megan Branman .... casting assistant
Ken Carlson .... casting: Chicago
Dee Miller .... casting: Florida
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer: men (as Michael Hoffman)
Aggie Lyon .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti .... associate editor (as Joanna Cappuccilli)
Deborah Cichocki .... assistant editor (as Deborah Zimmerman)
Bob Kaiser .... color timer (as Robert Kaiser)
Ken Morrisey .... additional editor
Music Department
David Boruff .... musician: sax and flute
Wells Christie .... Synclavier
James Flamberg .... music editor
Gary Grant .... musician: trumpet
Jerry Hey .... musician: trumpet
Kathy Nelson .... music coordinator
Greg Phillinganes .... musician: keyboard
Dick Rudolph .... music supervisor
Bruce Swedien .... score mixer
Rod Temperton .... music producer
Casey Young .... musician
Other crew
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Steven Jongeward .... assistant to director
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Don Levy .... unit publicist
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Omar McClinton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert A. Janz .... special thanks

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107 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The red 1969 Mustang is splashed with snow on the drivers side when it swerves to miss the delivery truck. As it crashes in a following scene, the drivers side is clear of snow.See more »
Captain Logan:You two may be quitting too late instead of too early. I have seen it before: short timers' disease. You're already looking forward to the good times. You're getting careful, aren't you?
Ray Hughes:We are not!
Danny Costanzo:What's wrong with being careful?
Captain Logan:Careful gets you killed in this line of work. You think about getting shot and you get shot.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Unoriginal but great fun, 21 December 2001
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Wisecracking Chicago cops Ray and Danny tackle drug lord Julio Gonzales in a battle of wits across the city. Essentially the plot doesn't matter, this is just another buddy cop movie from the eighties. However it rises above others by being good fun throughout. It even takes a break from the action midway for the two to go and live on the beach and lay low for a while.

The main reason it is so much fun is the chemistry between Hines and Crystal. It's very easy to believe that they are partners of many years. Crystal is especially funny but really they both make it good. Even chase scenes and action scenes contain witty dialogue throughout. Smits is not a great villain but he carries the role well and the supporting cast are impressive with other future big names Dan Hedaya and Joe Pantoliano.

Overall it's not a classic - it's a buddy cop movie. But even now it still feels fresh and fun due to the partnership of Hines and Crystal. Watch it, like the characters, enjoy the action and laugh at the comedy - a wonderful example of how the buddy cop genre can be good when everything is just right.

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