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Running Scared (2006)

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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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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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24 February 2006 (USA)  »

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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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Most of the bloody gunshot wounds were done with squibs, with a handful of CGI one also added. In the commentary, Wayne Kramer mentions that Bruce Altman was terrified of the squibs because he's never been strapped to them before. See more »


Blood, like most body fluids, appears fluorescent under black lights. In the arena scene, none of the blood is fluorescent. However, blood does not show up under black light until it a chemical called Luminol is added. 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 Violent Naples (1976) See more »


Tres Besitos
Written by Chamalo and Dominguez
Performed by Los Cubaztecas Orchestra
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
Published by Big Tiger Music, Inc.
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4 March 2006 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

I was a big fan of Tarantino after seeing "Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction". "Running Scared" is certainly in that same vein, and it also reminds me of John Woo's "The Killer". But where this film lacks the dialog of a Tarantino film, it is a lot more visually stylish than anything QT has ever done. There are great transitions, effective dynamic time warping (speed up or slow down a shot, like a bullet flying through the air), and if you thought Maynard, Zed, and the Gimp were bizarre in "Pulp Fiction", wait until you meet the creepy married couple who through their sick hobby make every other evil character in this film look like Buddhist Monks. It's a fast, furiously-paced film, certainly aptly titled. A great cast, beginning with Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga. And certainly the main kids stand their ground, especially Cameron Bright. Also worth mentioning is the end title sequence animated by Gary Hebert. Bottom line, if you were disappointed by films like "Kill Bill" and "Sin City", films you really wanted to like but found them too cartoonishly clichéd, you'll be more than satisfied with "Running Scared". It's sharp and engaging.

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