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The Running Man (1987)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  13 November 1987 (USA)
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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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William Laughlin
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Fireball
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Erland van Lidth ...
Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Harold Weiss
Gus Rethwisch ...
Buzzsaw (as Bernard Gus Rethwisch)
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Subzero
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Mic
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Stevie
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Brenda
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Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
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Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
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Storyline

Set in a totalitarian society. Ben Richards is a cop who was blamed for a massacre which wasn't his fault. He would be sent to prison and breaks out with some other inmates. He tries to escape but the woman whom he dragged into his plan turns him over to the authorities. Damon Killian, who is the host of THE RUNNING MAN a game show wherein convicted felons are given the chance to run to freedom but have to elude the stalkers; men who hunt them down and kill them in gruesome manners. When he learns that Richards has been caught, he wants him to be the show's next contestant. After being brought to Killian, Richards turns him down, Killian then reveals to Richards that his two friends who were in prison with him and who broke out with him have been caught, so unless Richards does the show they will. But on the night of the show, Richards is set to go but Killian also reveals that Richards' two friends are going with him. Richards tells Killian that he will be back. But first ! Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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It is the year 2017. "The Running Man" is a deadly game no one has ever survived. But..... Schwarzenegger has yet to play. See more »

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13 November 1987 (USA)  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,122,105 (USA)
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Trivia

The ICS television network headquarters' lower eight floors, seen at 13:40, is the pyramid-like Filmland Corporate Center in Los Angeles, the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1987. A matte painting added an imposing 21 story tower above the real structure. In 1992 Sony purchased MGM's old studio lot and moved into the Filmland Building. The building was renamed Sony Pictures Plaza. In 1987, Sony also purchased Tri-Star Pictures, the distributor of The Running Man (1987). See more »

Goofs

During the opening dance number for The Running Man game show, one spectator is seen twice, in two different places, at the same time. See more »

Quotes

[Ben Richards finds a mortally-wounded Laughlin]
William Laughlin: I'm going somewhere, but not with you. Buzzsaw took care of my traveling arrangements.
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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 »

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Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

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Theme from Gilligan's Island
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Really bad escapist trash of a movie...
7 September 2009 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 8/29/2009 - 2 out of 10 (Dir-Paul Michael Glaser): Really bad escapist trash of a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger making bad jokes to try and lighten things up but it doesn't work. The movie is based on a novel that had to be more complex than this movie. The movie ramshots over information about the setting of the picture just to get to the action of Schwarzenegger's character competing in the popular futuristic game show of the day called "The Running Man." This gameshow allows convicts the chance to try and escape from what they call stalkers and will give them they freedom if they do so. Schwarzenegger's character is wrongly accused so, of course, we're routing for him. Richard Dawson, plays the host of the show, and actually does a good job in the off-color role but the rest of the movie is just plan bad. This piece of bad entertainment was directed by a former TV star from the Starsky & Hutch show and he shows here that he doesn't have this talent even though other TV stars have successfully changed into this role(aka. Rob Reiner, Ron Howard, etc...). Hopefully a lot of money wasn't spent on this worthless movie, and don't spend a lot to see it if you can help it.


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