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Running Scared (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  24 February 2006 (USA)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Perello (as Arthur Nascarella)


After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first. Written by Kevin Yang (Canada, Surrey)

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If anything can go wrong, it will - and at the worst possible time See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Running Scared  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£275,498 (UK) (6 January 2006)


$6,855,137 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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The medicine bottle that Oleg uses to find the address of Dez and Adele's apartment is a prescription for Zovirax, a medication used to treat Cold Sores. See more »


In the hockey arena scene Paul Walker is hit above the eye with the hockey puck and blood starts coming out, yet in the next scene the blood is coming from the mouth, with no apparent damage to his eye. See more »


[first lines]
Joey Gazelle: [while frantically driving] Come on! Come on, kid! The fuck? Look at me. Fuck! Come on Oleg, stay with me. Come on. Come on! Come on, kid. We're gonna make it.
Oleg Yugorsky: We're gonna crash!
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End credits are animated. See more »


References Speedy Gonzales (1955) See more »


Feel tha Steel
Written by Ulpiano Reyes
Performed by Mellow Man Ace and Sen Dog
From the album "From the Darkness into the Light"
Used by permission from Media Creature Music o/b/o Latin Connection Music
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records/Latin Connection Music
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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A two hour thrill ride that doesn't relent for a minute.

This was an extremely graphically violent film with some gratuitous nudity. A lot of extremely well played roles. characters were simple with complex backgrounds. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire film wondering what was next. I left feeling like I had just had a two hour seizure. Every time you thought you had it figured out it threw a curve at you. From beginning to end it was fabulous and realistic. Paul Walker gave an excellent performance and you really got into his skin. The supporting cast was excellent, development of the characters rolled out in a believable manner with out a bunch of unnecessary revelations. I will buy this movie when it comes out on DVD. If you enjoyed Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction you will probably really enjoy this film.

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