Up 45,458 this week

Running Woman (1998)

R  |   |  Action  |  1998 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.2/10 from 141 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Emily Russo and her son are victims of a carjacking that results in the Sam's death. No one believes that thugs dressed as cops are the perpetrators; in fact Emily is accused of committing ... See full summary »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 425 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
a list of 503 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
a list of 168 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
a list of 4244 titles
created 19 Jan 2014

Related Items

Search for "Running Woman" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Running Woman (1998)

Running Woman (1998) on IMDb 3.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Running Woman.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A newlywed couple move into their dream home only to find that their next door neighbor isn't as good natured as they had initially thought.

Director: Joey Travolta
Stars: James Russo, Theresa Russell, Sean Young
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

In Wales, around 1800, Catherine Morgan is widowed young, her husband a war casualty whose unpaid gambling debts threaten both the loss of home and farm and destitution for her and her ... See full summary »

Director: Strathford Hamilton
Stars: Theresa Russell, Patrick Bergin, Richard Lynch
Luckytown (2000)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Kirsten Dunst plays a young woman (Lidda), who is searching for her father (James Caan). She finds herself at odds with her boyfriend who wants nothing but a carefree lifestyle.

Director: Paul Nicholas
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, James Caan, Vincent Kartheiser
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A beautiful spy trades sex for secrets. A reclusive explosives expert is haunted by a tragic past. When these two meet, the sparks fly... but they have more in common than just a mutual ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Railsback
Stars: Scott Glenn, Theresa Russell, Lane Smith
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Gary Busey, Tony Curtis, Theresa Russell
Cold Heaven (1991)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An adulterous woman's faith in God is tested when her husband dies and miraculously comes back to life.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Theresa Russell, Mark Harmon, James Russo
Track 29 (1988)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A doctor's wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside cafe, she encounters a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd
Thicker Than Water (TV Movie 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Debbie and Jo are identical twins. After Jo is killed in a car accident. Debbie starts to act increasingly like Jo. Mysterious circumstances lead Sam to suspect that the accident wasn't an ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Theresa Russell, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Pugh
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.

Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell, Ned Beatty
Impulse (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lottie Mason is a police vice cop who has just the right looks to be a decoy for the whore-mungers on the streets of Los Angeles. She seems to always be where the action is whether it be ... See full summary »

Director: Sondra Locke
Stars: Theresa Russell, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza
Passionada (2002)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland
Stars: Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum
Once You Meet a Stranger (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

This made-for-television remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951) follows the same story, but has changed the genders of the lead characters from male to female. Sheila ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Mancuso, Theresa Russell


Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Russo
Captain Don Gibbs (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Detective Harris
Reuben Alvarez
Detective Caprio
John Delaney
David McCurley ...
Melinda Songer ...
Detective Steward
Enrico (as Gregory Norman Cruz)
Willaim Dayton
Jeffrey Scott Jensen ...
Father Talou


Emily Russo and her son are victims of a carjacking that results in the Sam's death. No one believes that thugs dressed as cops are the perpetrators; in fact Emily is accused of committing the murder herself and inventing the carjacking story as a cover. On the run from the police, she tries to find and killers on her own and discovers that the crime might not have been as random as it first appeared. Written by David Bassler

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Finding the truth can be a race against time.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language





Release Date:

1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freniris katadioxi  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews


I rented this movie just on the brink of a Lorazepam binge. That narcotic -- which was prescribed during a now thankfully concluded period of high-strung neurosis, but to which I occasionally return if the need arises -- has caused me to make strange and poorly-advised choices, but this selection, whether drug-induced or not, ranks among my most inspired. I saw the movie first in a near-catatonic haze, tired from the aforementioned L. and several nights of wakeful sleep. As things turned out, I was unable to leave the house for nearly a week thereafter, and because my entertainment choices were severely limited, I ended up viewing this film nearly six times over that housebound period. Each time was more exquisite than the last.

I have long been alternately bored and mildly amused by Corman-related projects, not averse to the occasional gore-and-bobbling-cleavage romp, but this film had a spark that I have never (and have never since) seen in one of that ilk. The best metaphor I can think of is tapestry -- one that seems unextraordinary at first, but when viewed at greater levels of detail reveals more. The boat-related scenes provide the best example. One might reasonably consider them mindless tripe at first glance, but as I watched the marine chase scenes over and over again, I was reminded of an intricately planned choreography, an angry and wild and violent dance, hovering just this side of rapacious ecstacy.

I'm also convinced that the plot itself is a subtle and compelling meditiation on the nascent police state that one finds in major modern metropolises. At night, I hear police helicopters and think of so many vehicle-intensive moments in Running Woman that have since insinuated themselves into my dreams and think, my god -- is this America?

Then there's Theresa Russell. Her throaty, aging sex-kitten persona has obviously bored American audiences, but I found this performance to be a sultry, sexy, salacious delight. Easily her best work since Whore.

I understand entirely the opinion of viewers who might dismiss this film as merely another boat-related action flick that hardly merits a disdainful glance on the Blockbuster rack. But to those who are interested in the movie within the movie, and the movie within that movie, and who can take the time to give this film the attention it so richly deserves, I highly recommend a closer look at what is one of the gems in Rachel Samuels' commendable oeuvre, The Running Woman.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Running Woman (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: