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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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Director:
Writers:
Gary DeVore (story)
Gary DeVore (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 June 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Two of Chicago's Finest? See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The original buddy-comedy action film See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Robert A. Janz .... special thanks
 

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107 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
A plot device is borrowed from The Black Windmill (1974). In one film Michael Caine's son is kidnapped and to get the ransom (uncut diamonds) he impersonates his boss (Donald Pleasence) on the phone and gives himself permission to take the diamonds from work (MI5). In the other Billy Crystal's ex-wife is kidnapped and he impersonates his boss ('Dan Hedeya') on the telephone to give himself permission to take the ransom (cocaine held as evidence) from work (Chicago police department).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Snake:Julio don't work for nobody. His boss had an accident, he fell on a knife four times.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Battlezone (1980) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Once In A Lifetime GrooveSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The original buddy-comedy action film, 9 May 2012
Author: ManBehindTheMask63 from United States

"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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