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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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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 go wrong for Joey after a neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find that kid and the gun before the police and the mob do. Written by Kevin Yang (Canada, Surrey)

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Every bullet leaves a trail 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Did You Know?


Tom Sizemore was originally cast in the role of Pimp Lester. See more »


When Anzor is first shot in the hockey rink, the bullet emerges from his right shoulder. When shown from the back, the bullet hole is in his left shoulder. 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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Crazy Credits

End credits are animated. See more »


References Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972) See more »


This I$ Hip Hop
Written by David Hilker, John Costello, Tone Brown and Jeffrey A. Freundlich
Performed by Tone Brown & Marcus L. Scott
Courtesy of Wild Whirled Music
Published by Music Whirled Publishing
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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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