5.7/10
1,032
22 user 2 critic

The Runner (1999)

A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Commandments (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Taplitz
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Courteney Cox, Anthony LaPaglia
Blue Desert (1991)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two men rattle a comic-book artist who has moved to a desert town after her trauma in New York.

Director: Bradley Battersby
Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Courteney Cox, Craig Sheffer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young woman impersonates a shrink to win over her Prince Charming.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Courteney Cox, David Arquette, David James Elliott
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Police sketch artist, Jack, helps blind rape victim Emmy describe her attacker.. a serial rapist and murderer who is now out to get her.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Jeff Fahey, Courteney Cox, Michael Nicolosi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A crowd of guys in their 20's spend most of their time hanging out. It's Christmas time in the early 1990's and the guys all begin to think it's about time they went about their lives ... See full summary »

Director: Duane Clark
Stars: Arye Gross, Gale Hansen, Doug Savant
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Jewish Jack-the-lad David seriously fancies smart, rich Anglo-Saxon Carrie as soon as he first offends her in a Boston bar. They run into each other again and though she still says she ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Meshekoff
Stars: Arye Gross, Courteney Cox, Kevin Pollak
Get Well Soon (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

He left her for fame.. but wants her back. She still loves him.. but isn't sure she can trust him. Now they both have to face the truth.

Director: Justin McCarthy
Stars: Vincent Gallo, Courteney Cox, Jeffrey Tambor
November I (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sophie Jacobs is going through the most difficult time of her life. Now, she just has to find out if it's real.

Director: Greg Harrison
Stars: Courteney Cox, James Le Gros, Michael Ealy
The Immortals (1995)
Crime | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A seedy nightclub owner recruits eight violent gangsters for an elaborate heist, but when they all begin to compare notes, they find they're pawns in a dangerous game of doublecross.

Director: Brian Grant
Stars: Eric Roberts, Joe Pantoliano, Tia Carrere
Down Twisted (1987)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a levelheaded waitress decides to help her shady friend against her better judgment, she becomes a target of a deadly international gang of thieves who are after a priceless San Lucas' relic. A bumbling stranger helps her.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Carey Lowell, Charles Rocket, Trudy Dochterman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Deepthroat
...
Rocco
...
477
David Jensen ...
Nosey Bettor (as Dave Jensen)
John David Conti ...
Larry Chewcluck
Terrence Evans ...
Lefty (as Terrance Evans)
...
Jeweler
...
Host
Lucy Lin ...
Chinese Dealer
...
11 Card Chinese Dealer
John Buchanan ...
Black Jack Dealer
Joey Miyashima ...
Dr. Andrews
...
Bartender
Edit

Storyline

A young man with an addiction to gambling has managed to get himself into serious debt. In an effort to pay off the bookies, his uncle pulls a few strings and gets him a job working for a gangster who needs a "runner" to place bets with various bookies. The gangster keeps his new "runner" on a short leash, and for the most part the young gambler behaves himself. However, the temptation of walking around with large sums of cash proves too great, and the "runner" puts both his job and his survival on the line when he dips into his boss's funds to buy a ring for his girlfriend. Written by Mark Deming

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Never make a bet you can't afford to lose.

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 September 1999 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Aposta Mortal  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Schirripa and Bokeem Woodbine both previously featured in The Sopranos (1999) See more »

Quotes

Karina: You tore the whole world right out of me, Edward.
See more »

Soundtracks

(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For
Written by Nick Cave
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Courtesy of Mute Records Ltd. U.K./Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Took my breath away....
28 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film is amazing...

I ordered it off of the internet being a HUUUGE Courteney Cox Arquette fan and when I watched it, the film and especially Courteney completely blew me away...

The main character is Edward played by Ron Eldard (Deep Impact) who has a SERIOUS gambling problem. He is recommended to the malicious Deepthroat (John Goodman) for a Runner job by his uncle Rocco (Joe Magneta) who is trying to get himself out of a serious situation. There is one condition, Edward cannot, under any circumstances gamble. Will he do it?...

Edward meets a beautiful, young casino waitress called Karina (Cox Arquette). She's the kinda girl "you'd kill your brother for" (hehe, my favourite line :D) He inevitably ends up falling in love with her and she falls pregnant.

There is so much suspense in this film I was actually physically shaking by the end, and my nails certainly didn't survive it!!

As for the performances: Ron Eldard is pretty good, although he does get slightly annoying and you feel like screaming at the screen at him... John Goodman is genuinly terrifying and disturbing as Deepthroat, a man that seems to have no soul whatsoever. The stand out in this film is definatly Courteney Cox Arquette though. She's simply... breathtaking in the role, and the labour scene at the end, in my opinion, is oscar winning stuff (no joke whatsoever)

It's a shame that this film didn't do better because I'd love to see Courteney getting the recognition for dramatic acting that she deserves.

Overall, on the strength of the amazing storyline and Courteney (especially Courteney :D) I give this film a definate 10 out of 10!!


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page