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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 »
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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
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 artist (as Thomas Cranham)
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Joseph E. Hubbard .... assistant art director
Eric A. Hulett .... lead man (as Eric Hulett)
Petko D. Kadiev .... storyboard artist
Frank Leasure .... propmaker
Dave Margolin .... painter
Nick Navarro .... set designer
Gene Nollman .... assistant art director
Joe Olsen .... assistant property master
Nancy Patton .... set designer
Mark Rappaport .... sculptor
Michael Ross .... property master
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
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
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
George Paine .... special effects
Kevin Quibell .... special 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
Syd Dutton .... matte shots
Robert Grasmere .... video effects supervisor
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
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)
Monte Swann .... video playback operator
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer
Dave Turpin .... best boy grip
Reynaldo Villalobos .... additional photography by
Kenneth Zunder .... camera operator
Albert Hood .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Billy DaMota .... casting assistant
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 .... costumer: men
Betty Jean Slater .... women's costumer
 
Editorial Department
John A. Amicarella .... assistant editor
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
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 .... picture car mechanic
Tim Roslan .... transportation captain
Kenny Searle .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Michael Grasso .... firearms advisor
Michael Grasso .... law enforcement
Alison Howard-Smith .... production secretary
Jerry Irvine .... propulsion specialist
Merle L. Jackson .... production office coordinator
Carlton Jones .... assistant choreographer
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Greg Lazzaro .... key location manager
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Andrew Lipschultz .... publicity coordinator
George G. Miller .... first aid
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant
Mark Rappaport .... puppeteer
Mike Revell .... assistant production accountant
Ken H. Rosen .... location manager
Robert Schroer .... production assistant
Marina Simpson .... stand-in
Pam Trzaska .... first aid (as Pamela Trzaska)
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 (35 mm prints)
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:
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:
Damon Killian:[after the introduction of Dynamo] Oh, thank you. You're beautiful. Well, it's been an exciting show so far, right? We've had shocks. We've had surprises. And we thought, why not one more surprise? Will you please help me welcome our mystery contestant: Miss Amber Mendez!
[Amber is dragged onstage by Sven and his other two guards; audience applauds]
Amber:Let me go!
Damon Killian:Amber! Now I understand that you're single, Amber, and that you live on the West Side. And not surprisingly, she's flaunted the law and traditional morality all of her life.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Deathrow Gameshow (1987)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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85 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
The future IS the 80's, 6 May 2004
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Of all Arnold's mid-'80s movies who would have thought that most relevant today would be The Running Man. A chilling and surprisingly realistic tale of reality TV gone mad. It may have been far-fetched back then but not so now. Not when you think about it. Currently, Reality TV shows are either scraping the bottom of the barrel or desperate to raise the bar. If the next one isn't more controversial as the last, it's a dud. How long will it be before we really do see shows like The Running Man? How long before we have 'court-appointed theatrical attorneys' or the entertainment division of the Justice Department? There is so much satire and intelligence in this movie that may have been missed back in 1987 that is desperate to be seen again considering the current state of TV shows.

The biggest message of all is 'You are being lied to'. It's no secret that the Government and the media work in cahoots. And the masses believe what the media tells them to believe. It's a very scary state of affairs and unless more accurate representations of the truth emerge we may easily accept a brutal show like the Running Man in the near future. It's no secret that Reality TV is not very realistic. It's edited and reshaped before being aired and it's only what the networks want you to see. Usually it's far from the real truth.

Although rather different than Stephen King's book (the ending is completely changed) the script does conform to the typical Arnie formula. Yes, he does have numerous and very corny one-liners and he does say 'I'll be back' (which he never REALLY said that often anyway, when you think about it) in the most ironic situation yet but he's still a zillion times better in the role then Christopher Reeve or Dolph Lundgren would have been (these two were considered BEFORE Arnie believe it or not).

The director is none other than Dave Starsky himself (Paul Michael Glaser). It may not be artistic but it is still strong enough to generate excitement and his use of neon and flourescent colors gives each individual set a pretty cool look. Andrew Davis (not a director I particularly like) was attached before Glaser, though no matter who directs, the film is still marred by a very heavy 80's feel.

First of all, Harold Faltermeyer's score (remember him?) is incredibly dated and robs the action scenes of any timeless integrity. And the fashion sense of the movie is far too excessive to be convincingly set in the future. Apart from the dated feel, the only other thing that bugs me is the poorly staged shoot-out that passes as the climax.

This new DVD is a zillion times better than the original release. Gone is the horrid letterbox picture. In its place is a brand new hi-definition 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. The colors sparkle and literally pop from the screen. The new Dolby 5.1 EX and DTS ES soundtrack are also amazing. There constant use of the surround channels to great effect and the bass is strong and powerful. Definitely one of the best re-masters I've seen so far. Two intriguing documentaries, a trailer and a 'Meet the Stalkers' gimmick are included in this 2-disc set that comes in a rather neat slip case.

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