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  (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)
Dona Hardy ... Mrs. McArdle

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)
Whitney Green .... production manager
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
Frederick Lietzman .... prop maker
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 .... supervisor of special visual effects
Sam Nicholson .... additional photography
Bill Taylor .... matte shots
James Valentine .... rotoscope
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
Rick Fichter .... director of photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX
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
William Maley .... key grip (as Bill Maley)
Jerry L. Mandley .... lighting technician
Steven C. McGee .... best boy electric (as Steve McGee)
Chris Napolitano .... electrician
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 photographer
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: Mr. Linder
David G. Kantar .... assistant: 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)
Christine Whitney .... production supervisor
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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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
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 | Netherlands:12 (VHS rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Mick Fleetwood plays himself. In the backstory, Mick became the leader of the underground resistance, when he became disillusioned with the society America had become and especially when the totalitarian regime took all the Fleetwood Mac music records and burnt them and decided to organize the underground resistance to bring down the totalitarian regime and expose to the people the truth behind the totalitarian regime and that the totalitarian regime is lying and manipulating them with television broadcasts.See more »
Continuity: During the battle with Buzzsaw and Dynamo the camera changes to the stalker locker room and shows Fireball sitting with a woman in silver and a woman in blue and Capt. Freedom in the background. Later in the scene it shows Capt. Freedom where Fireball was sitting with the two women. But the third time, it shows Fireball back with the two women and Capt. Freedom back in the same position in the background he was in the first shot.See more »
Damon Killian:This is television, that's all it is. It has nothing to do with people, it's to do with ratings! For fifty years, we've told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear... for Christ's sake, Ben, don't you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it...
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83 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
He Said He'd Be Back..."The Running Man" is Fun No Matter How You Slice and Dice it..., 28 March 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

"The Running Man" is based on a story by Richard Bachman, a.k.a. Stephen King writing under pseudonym.

It takes place in the near future, where everything is run by the media and the government. Kind of like right now. In the future, there isn't much selection on television. All there is is "The Running Man"--hosted by Damon Killian (Richard Dawson, host of "Family Fortune" in real life)--a show that features convicts, or "runners" being chased by madmen, or "stalkers." It's a bit like a futuristic gladiator sport. No one ever, ever wins the show. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Ben Richards, also known as The Butcher of Bakersfield, for firing upon a crowd of humans in a food strike. Only one problem. He's been framed--he never shot anyone. After Arnie escapes from jail, Damon Killian wants his hands on him for the show--so they hunt him down and bring him in. Damon offers Ben a deal--if he goes on the show, he'll let his friends from jail go free. But if he doesn't...he puts his friends on. So Richards agrees to play the game, only to find that Damon has put his friends-from-jail in the show anyway. Right before being launched in the arena, Ben Richards says to Damon, "Hey, Damon. I'll be back." There is a pause. "Only in a rerun," Damon says. Yeah, right.

This movie is about as action-packed and adrenaline-punched an action movie you're going to see in a while. We see an excuse for Schwarzenegger being thrown into an arena with killers, where he must use his brains, strategy, and most of all muscles, to kill the stalkers. But the thing is, the excuse for throwing Schwarzenegger in the arena is a good one. They didn't completely ignore the plot; they don't even throw him in the arena until at least a half hour into the film. They set up the plot first, which is nice.

Arnold proves his acting talent is not just in his muscles once again. Too many people make fun of Schwarzenegger's acting skills, but to tell you the truth, I prefer him over Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone any day. Bruce and Sly are mumblers, in my opinion. Anyway, I like Arnold in this movie, because unlike in "The Terminator" where he is an indestructible cyborg, he is a vincible human with emotions in this film. We see a different side to Schwarzenegger, and it's pretty nice.

Richard Dawson is surprisingly good as Damon. I love his charisma on screen. Of course he's good at playing a gameshow host--he himself was one--but he also has a very good acting talent. Check out the scene where he offers Arnold a deal for going on the show. Look how smug he is in that scene, and how well he delivers his lines. He envelops his character very well. An underrated actor if ever I saw one. He comes off slightly creepy and slightly likable.

This movie is good fun no matter how you slice and dice it. I've often noticed it has a bit of a weird vibe to it, but then I realized that's just the sci-fi/futuristic vibe of the film. I've felt it before when watching sci-fi films. There's something about them. When I watch a film, or a certain genre, I get different vibes. Sci-fi gives me a weird vibe that is undescribable. This film gives that vibe to me. It sounds weird, but I think a lot of people get "vibes" and don't realize it.

I recently viewed this movie twice in less than a day; once at night and once in the morning. It just goes to show how easy it is to watch. It is strictly a fun, action film with lots of imagination and charisma. Easy to watch with a high re-watch factor.

What would you rather do with 90 minutes of your life on a Friday night then watch Arnold Schwarzenegger get to knock some skulls together in a gladiator arena? Exactly.

4/5 stars -

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