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The Running Man (1987)

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A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

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Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
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Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
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Storyline

In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is... Written by Curly Q. Link

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Welcome to America in 2025, when the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. See more »


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13 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sobreviviente  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,122,105 (USA)
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Trivia

When Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso) bumps into Dynamo (Erland Van Lidth) in the ICS building, she is knocked to the floor and Dynamo attempts to rape her. Fortunately, Amber's machine gun is close at hand, so she shoots at the ceiling, then water sprinklers come on and electrocute Dynamo. Amber wasn't as good with the one liners as Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger), as she didn't say something like, "Now that must have come as a shock!" See more »

Goofs

When Killian turns and shouts, "It's time to start running," he takes the microphone away from his mouth halfway through the phrase yet his voice remains the same. See more »

Quotes

Mic: Mr. Spock, you have the com.
Underground Tech: Who is Mr. Spock?
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Crazy Credits

Announcer's voiceover: "The Running Man has been brought to you by: Breakaway Paramilitary Uniforms, Orthopure Pure Procreation Pills, and Cadre Cola - it hits the spot. Promotional considerations paid for by Kelton Flame Throwers, Wainwright Electrical Launchers, and Hammond & Gage Chain Saws. Damon Killian's wardrobe by Chez Antoine, 19th-century craftsmanship for the 21st-century man. Cadre trooper and studio guard's sidearms provided by Colchester, the pistol of patriots. Remember, tickets for the ICS studio tour are always available for class A citizens in good standing. If you'd like to be a contestant on The Running Man, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ICS Talent Hunt, care of your local affiliate, and then go out and do something really despicable! I'm Phil Hilton. Good night and take care!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Flashback: The Quest for Identity (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Gilligan's Island
By Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle
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This Movie is Genius
27 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most Underrated movie of its time. When watching this movie , your filled with action, and when somethings not really happing , the humour is un matched. Brilliant writing for a movie that was made to give us a bloody mix , of a game show where criminals are the contestants, and a near future where the general public all have a thirst for blood.Also Arnold Doesn't let us down with some of his best one liners.I don't want to spoil anything for you ,but i will tell you when Arnold gives his "I'll be back line" He gets the best response of them all in this movie. Hope you enjoy this gem as much as i did.


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