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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
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Features two actors who went on to be the governor of a US state: in November 1998 Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota; in October 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California. See more »
When Killian is talking to the old lady about who will make the next kill, his hand changes position on her shoulder/back between shots. See more »
[Ben Richards finds a mortally-wounded Laughlin]
I'm going somewhere, but not with you. Buzzsaw took care of my traveling arrangements.
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Continue watching the credits and towards the end you will hear a running man commercial similar to what would play at the end of a game show. See more »
This Arnie veichle made in his 80's heyday is one of his better ones, It's a movie based on a Stephen King book of the same name. It stars Arnie as a convicted killer (framed of course!)in the near future - Where TV is everything, He's forced to take part in a sadistic game show called 'The Running man' with an equally sadistic host played by real life game show host Richard Dawson in which convicted killers are chased by 'Stalkers' with Chainsaw's and flametorches who aim to kill the bad guys on National Live TV with the audience going wild and choosing which stalker will make their next kill to win board games and other crap, Stalkers have NEVER been killed on the show - Will Arnie & CO in their silly lycra pants kick the crap outta them? Of course they will
All in all a likeable if dated 80's Arnie Flick
My Rating 8/10
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