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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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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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[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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Keep me in suspense
10 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely more violent than the ones I normally go to (I'm a woman in her 50's)but I really enjoyed this one. It kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole movie. A couple of times I even jumped in my seat. Paul Walker was great - he seemed perfect for the part. I hadn't seen him in movies before but I'm definitely a fan now. The story has a definite twist which kept me interested. If you can get past the violence and some nudity, I'd really recommend it. Lot of action and suspense and a good story line. The theater was full when I went and the audience clapped for the movie at the end - which means most of them enjoyed it too.

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