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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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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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When Adele enters the security code at the front door of the apartment, the sound of the numbers pressed results in the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". See more »


When Joey returns home after being shot in the diner, Teresa opens the door to his Mustang and pulls him out. The body of the Mustang is that of a 1967 model, but when the door is open the interior door panels are from a 1968 model. 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 »


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Written by Ben Harris, Paul Harris & Steve Smith
Performed by Dirty Vegas
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
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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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