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Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 November 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives. See more »
Plot:
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Silly and flat 80's sci-fi action movie but still holds a charm See more (205 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Ben Richards

Maria Conchita Alonso ... Amber Mendez

Yaphet Kotto ... William Laughlin

Jim Brown ... Fireball

Jesse Ventura ... Captain Freedom
Erland van Lidth ... Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Harold Weiss
Gus Rethwisch ... Buzzsaw
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Subzero

Mick Fleetwood ... Mic

Dweezil Zappa ... Stevie

Richard Dawson ... Damon Killian

Karen Leigh Hopkins ... Brenda

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Sven (as Sven Thorsen)

Edward Bunker ... Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
Bryan Kestner ... Med Tech

Anthony Pena ... Valdez (as Anthony Penya)

Kurt Fuller ... Tony

Ken Lerner ... Agent (as Kenneth Lerner)

Dey Young ... Amy

Rodger Bumpass ... Phil Hilton (voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
Donna Hardy ... Mrs. McArdle (as Dona Hardy)

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Edith Wiggins (as Lynne Stewart)
Bill Margolin ... Leon

Tony Brubaker ... Soldier #1 (as Anthony Brubaker)

Joel Kramer ... Soldier #2
Billy D. Lucas ... Soldier #3 (as Billy Lucas)
George P. Wilbur ... Lieutenant Saunders

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Chico (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Sondra Holt ... Suzie Checkpoint
Daniel Celario ... Barrio Foreman #1
Mario Celario ... Barrio Foreman #2
Sidney Chankin ... Custodian
Kim Pawlik ... Newscaster

Roger Kern ... Travel Pass Guard
Barbara Lux ... Elderly Lady

Franco Columbu ... 911 Security Officer #2

Lin Shaye ... Propaganda Officer

Boyd Kestner ... Yuppie Yeller (as Boyd R. Kestner)

Wayne Grace ... 911 Security Officer #1
Charlie Phillips ... Teenage Punk

Greg Lewis ... Manager Locker Room
John William James ... Barrio Bettor
Jon Cutler ... Underground Tech
Kerry Wall ... Dancer (as Kerry Brennan)
Paula Brown ... Dancer
Megan Gallivan ... Dancer
Suzie Hardy ... Dancer
Debby Harris ... Dancer

Melissa Hurley ... Dancer
Marlene Lange ... Dancer

Morgan Lawley ... Dancer
Cindy Millican ... Dancer
Andrea Moen ... Dancer

Mary Ann Hermansen ... Dancer (as Mary Ann Oedy)
Karen Owens ... Dancer
Sharon Owens ... Dancer
Pamela Rossi ... Dancer
Mia Togo ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maureen Flaherty ... (uncredited)

Sandy Holt ... Woman in Airport (uncredited)
Jeff Jensen ... (uncredited)
Jon McBride ... Locker Room Viewer (uncredited)

Mel Scott-Thomas ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Michael Glaser 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel) (as Richard Bachman)

Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)

Produced by
Keith Barish .... executive producer
Rob Cohen .... executive producer
George Linder .... producer
Tim Zinnemann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harold Faltermeyer 
Vassal Benford (co-composer) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Warner  (as Mark Roy Warner)
Edward A. Warschilka 
John Wright 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Blackman 
 
Makeup Department
Frankie Bergman .... hair stylist
Jeff Dawn .... key makeup artist (as Jefferson Dawn)
Nina Kent .... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte .... makeup artist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as Jim McCoy)
Richard Miranda .... special makeup effects artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist
Richard Snell .... makeup artist
Peter Tothpal .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gary Daigler .... unit production manager (as Gary D. Daigler)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bennie E. Dobbins .... second unit director (as Bennie Dobbins)
Brian Fong .... dga trainee
Richard Peter Schroer .... first assistant director
Barry K. Thomas .... second assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Robert Grasmere .... additional second unit director (uncredited)
Robert S. Mills .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Berger .... set designer (as Richard G. Berger)
Ken John Borland .... construction grip (as Kenneth Borland)
Max E. Brehme .... set dresser
Larry Clark .... decorator gang boss
Robert L. Clark .... paint foreman
Tom Cranham .... storyboard illustrator (as Thomas Cranham)
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Steve Fegley .... general foreman (as Steven Fegley)
Joseph E. Hubbard .... assistant art director
Eric A. Hulett .... lead man (as Eric Hulett)
Petko D. Kadiev .... storyboard illustrator
Frank Leasure .... propmaker
Willard Livingston .... prop shop
Ray Lopez .... head plasterer
Dave Margolin .... sign writer supervisor
Nick Navarro .... set designer
Gene Nollman .... assistant art director (as Gene Nollmann)
Joe Olsen .... assistant property master (as Joseph R. Olsen)
Nancy Patton .... set designer
Edward Piwowarski .... head laborer
Isidoro Raponi .... prop shop
Mark Rappaport .... sculptor
Michael Ross .... property master (as Michael G. Ross)
Hal Walker .... swing gang
John Cassel .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paul Timothy Carden .... co-supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
James Cavarretta .... sound recordist (as James J. Cavarretta)
John S. Coffey .... boom operator
David DeGeus .... assistant adr editor
Mike Dobie .... sound editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor (as Richard C. Franklin Jr.)
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Timothy A. Hoggatt .... adr mixer (as Tim Hoggatt)
Spike Allison Hooper .... assistant sound editor
Alan Howarth .... sound processing
Jack Keller .... sound recordist
David Kern .... sound editor (as David J. Kern)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobbe Kurtz .... adr editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... sound processing
Alan L. Nineberg .... supervising adr editor
Bob O'Brien .... apprentice sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Stephanie D. Singer .... assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Dawn Singer)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Andrew Torres .... adr editor
Claus Wedemann .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Claus Wiedemann)
Bill Wilner .... assistant adr editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (uncredited)
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Arbogast .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Kenneth C. Clark .... special effects
David Domeyer .... special effects
Manuel S. Epstein .... special effects (as Manuel Stuart Epstein)
David Fletcher .... special effects technician
William Lee .... special effects
Willard Livingston .... mechanical effects
George Paine .... special effects
Kevin Quibell .... special effects (as Kevin S. Quibell)
Isidoro Raponi .... mechanical effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Ken Tarallo .... special effects crew
Dick Wood .... special effects (as Dick Woods)
 
Visual Effects by
Remi Aubuchon .... video effects
Tim Bowen .... video effects
Syd Dutton .... matte shots
Robert Grasmere .... video effects supervisor (as Robert H. Grasmere Jr.)
Gary Gutierrez .... visual effects supervisor
Sam Nicholson .... additional photography
Bill Taylor .... matte shots
James Valentine .... rotoscope
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts: Fireball (as Anthony Brubaker)
Al Cleland .... stunts: Subzero
Erik Cord .... stunts: Killian
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)
Jeff Jensen .... stunts: Buzzsaw/Dynamo
Joel Kramer .... stunts: Ben Richards
Shawn Lane .... stunts: Weiss (as Shawn Patrick Lane)
Karen Price .... stunts: Amber
Mel Scott-Thomas .... stunts: Laughlin (as Mel Scott Thomas)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Art Camacho .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Phil Chong .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul M. Lane .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Roberto Martín Márquez .... stunt player (uncredited)
Debra Mazotti .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Robert Mazotti .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts (uncredited)
Joseph Michael Roth .... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael M. Vendrell .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator
Michael J. Bailey .... lamp operator
Douglas E. Beal .... second assistant camera (as Doug Beal)
Marc Brickman .... theatrical lighting designer
Doug Byers .... electrician
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera (as William B. Clevenger Jr.)
James M. Cox .... lamp operator
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip
George Dunagan .... lamp operator
Walt Fraser .... second assistant camera (as Walter B. Fraser)
David Freeman .... theatrical lighting electrician (as Dave Freeman)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (as David D. Friedman)
Steven Gilbard .... theatrical lighting electrician (as Steve Gilbard)
Diana Goodman .... playback operator (as Diana Wooten Goodman)
Campbel Hair .... theatrical lighting electrician
Steve Hastings .... electrician
Ronald E. High .... first assistant camera (as Ron High)
Michael Hirsch .... theatrical lighting electrician (as Michael Hirsch)
James Keys .... lamp operator (as James J. Keys)
Jan Koshay .... dolly grip (as Jan S. Koshay)
Kevin J. Lang .... rigging gaffer
A.P. Lawrence .... theatrical lighting electrician
Michael Maley .... gaffer
Jerry L. Mandley .... lighting technician
Steven C. McGee .... best boy electric (as Steve McGee)
Adrian Selby .... theatrical lighting production coordinator
Monte Swann .... video playback operator
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer
Dave Turpin .... best boy grip (as Dave 'Maddog' Turpin)
Reynaldo Villalobos .... additional photography by
Kenneth Zunder .... camera operator
Albert Hood .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Billy DaMota .... casting assistant (as William O. DaMota)
Jeff Howell .... extras casting
Robert Lansing Parker .... extras casting (as Lansing Parker)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Baghdassarian .... Dynamos costume engineer: Propmakers Inc.
Dan Bronson .... men's costumer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... costume department supervisor
Michael J. Long .... men's key costumer
David Page .... costume department assistant
Margaret Rezaie .... seamstress
Frank Perry Rose .... men's costumer (as Frank Rose)
Buck Skelton .... men's costumer
Betty Jean Slater .... women's costumer
 
Editorial Department
John A. Amicarella .... assistant editor (as John Alan Amicarella)
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Destiny Borden .... assistant editor
Vaune Kirby Frechette .... assistant editor (as Vaune Kirby)
David Jansen .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Steven Ramirez .... first assistant editor (as Steven E. Ramirez)
Yôko Seto .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Bill Bernstein .... assistant music editor
Brian Reeves .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Lyle Christensen .... shotmaker driver
Robert K. Johnson .... transportation mechanic (as Rob Johnson)
Tim Roslan .... transportation captain
Kenny Searle .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Ariel Bello .... production assistant
Dawn LeDuke Calcaterra .... assistant: Mr. Barish
Jim Canepa .... caterer
Rhonda Columb .... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
Bryan Dirickson .... caterer
Michael Grasso .... firearms advisor
Michael Grasso .... law enforcement
Alison Howard-Smith .... production secretary
Jerry Irvine .... propulsion specialist
Merle L. Jackson .... production office coordinator (as Merle Jackson)
Carlton Jones .... assistant choreographer
Joanie D. Jones .... assistant to mr. linder
David G. Kantar .... assistant to mr. glaser
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Greg Lazzaro .... location manager (as Gregory M. Lazzaro)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Andrew Lipschultz .... publicity coordinator
Lynn Marks .... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
George G. Miller .... first aid
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Joe Pancake .... craft service
Mark Rappaport .... puppeteer
Mike Revell .... assistant production accountant
Pattee Roedig .... cine guarantor representative
Ken H. Rosen .... location manager
Robert Schroer .... production assistant
Ed Sienkaniec .... caterer (as Ed 'Bubba' Sienkaniec)
Marina Simpson .... stand-in
Don Speakman .... craft service (as Donald W. Speakman)
Mary Thomas .... production associate (as Mary Clare Thomas)
Pam Trzaska .... first aid (as Pamela C. Trzaska)
Jim Vatis .... production assistant (as James Vatis)
John R. Woodward .... location manager
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Battle Runner" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable Rating, cut) | Brazil:12 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In Killian's office there is a poster for a fake TV show called "Hate Boat." In real life, Richard Dawson had a role in the TV series "The Love Boat" (1977).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Wire visible to stop Dynamo's car when it crashes and rolls down the hill.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Richards:Uplink underground, uplink underground. If you say that one more time, I'll uplink your ass, and you'll be underground!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hunger Games (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Theme from Gilligan's IslandSee more »

FAQ

What's the difference between the film and the book?
What Did Stephen King think of the film?
Although this film is futuristic, why is Amber's apartment filled with cassette tapes in the closet?
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Silly and flat 80's sci-fi action movie but still holds a charm, 25 April 2009
Author: McQualude from North Carolina

The Running Man is very silly. They use silly sound effects, the helicopter has a jet sound effect, the M-16s have hand gun sound effects, and there were a couple more examples I laughed about but can't remember now. The plot is a ridiculous but irresistible near future dystopian society that uses gladiator games to quell the masses and take their minds from their empty bellies. I've no doubt this movie would have been long forgotten if not for some very charismatic and memorable performances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson. Jesse Ventura also appears with what looks to be a very bad toupee but isn't given much to do. My biggest pet peeve with this movie is the poor editing, we jump from scene to scene at times too abruptly. It isn't as if you'll have trouble following the story, but five minutes edited back in would have given the movie much better flow. Still this is an action movie and Arnold delivers while also delivering his trademark one liners.

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