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
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a wrongfully convicted man forced to compete on a "real life" game show where he must fight to the death with various past champions(nicknamed "Fireball", "Subzero", "Captain Freedom" etc.) in order to win his freedom, or a contract to be a regular on the show, called "The Running Man", hosted by profane and arrogant Damon Killian(wonderfully played by Richard Dawson, who nearly steals the film!) Yaphet Kotto and Maria Conchita Alonso costar as fellow contestants.
Based on a novel by Richard Bachman(Stephen King) and directed by TV actor Paul Michael Glaser, action Sci-Fi film set in the year 2017 is surprisingly entertaining, with a witty and prescient script that correctly predicted where television would be headed, making this satire prescient in the same way "Network" became. Worth a look.
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