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

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Running Scared  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£275,498 (UK) (6 January 2006)


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

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Did You Know?


The character of Detective Rydell (played by Chazz Palminteri) is an inside joke by writer/director Wayne Kramer as a tip of the hat to the film THE COWBOYS. The character of Anzor in the film is obsessed with the John Wayne film THE COWBOYS, specifically the part where John Wayne is shot in the back by Bruce Dern, which later becomes Anzor's own fate. The director of THE COWBOYS was Mark Rydell - therefore, Detective RYDELL. See more »


When the pimp is talking to the hooker, he cuts her bra strap with his knife, right before she turns to walk away, she is wearing a different dress 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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References Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972) See more »


Written by Anthony B. Ramirez, Ricardo Avalos, Pablo Murillo, Adrian Tapia and Peter Reyes
Performed by El Nuevo Xol
Courtesy of Creamworks-SlamJamz
By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
Published by Sonically Unico
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7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is probably one of the best I've seen in a long while. The action scenes were in your face and looked pretty damn realistic. The special effects were freaking awesome and the director did some really cool stuff which will blow you away. The acting was very believable and the plot worked very well. It reminded me of Training Day the way the story unfolded while we went along for the ride. The plot is freaking awesome and I can't wait to get the DVD. An AWESOME movie!! Definitely must watch this again. The thing to remember when you watch this movie is that it's a ride just sit and enjoy it. I've never felt a need to promote a movie but this one is too good to let others miss it. It is painful to watch in some scenes and at times you're actually totally disgusted once you figure out what's going on. It's crazy the emotions that this movie brings out.

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