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The Running Man (1963)

An Englishman with a grudge against an insurance company for a disallowed claim fakes his own death in order but an insurance investigator starts snooping around.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

John Mortimer (screenplay), Shelley Smith (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Rex
Lee Remick ... Stella
Alan Bates ... Stephen
Felix Aylmer ... Parson
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Hilda Tanner
Allan Cuthbertson ... Jenkins
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Tom Webster
Noel Purcell ... Miles Bleeker
Ramsay Ames ... Madge Penderby
Fernando Rey ... Police Official
Juanjo Menéndez ... Roberto (as Juan Jose Menendez)
Eddie Byrne ... Sam Crewdson
Colin Gordon ... Solicitor
John Meillon ... Jim Jerome
Roger Delgado ... Spanish Doctor
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Storyline

Hard up and with a grudge against insurance companies, English pilot Rex Black fakes his death and meets up with his wife and the money in Malaga, Spain when things have quietened down. But when the insurance investigator turns up Rex starts a game of cat-and-mouse. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Time is Running Out for the Running Man...And His Woman! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der zweite Mann See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The little red car Rex and Stella drive to the airfield is a 1946 MG TC "Midget". See more »

Goofs

Stella hops onto her bed after the insurance adjuster leaves and has her shoes on. In the next scene her shoes are gone. Then she falls asleep fully clothed and her husband puts a blanket over her. Whilst dreaming, she still has her black dress on. When she awakes in the morning the dress is gone. See more »

Quotes

Rex Black: Where did he get it?
Stella Black: I lost it.
Rex Black: Where?
Stella Black: In his bed.
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Connections

Referenced in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) See more »

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Dim, would-be thriller treads familiar ground...
1 October 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A nosy British insurance investigator dogs a recently-widowed woman and her "boyfriend" in Spain; the couple is on the run after bilking the insurance company out of a fortune and don't know for certain whether their newly-acquired friend is onto them or not. Carol Reed-directed drama needed more paranoia-excitement or suspense. As it is, the three leads (Alan Bates, Lee Remick, and Laurence Harvey--looking impossibly skinny) are perpetually stuck in a fog, playing a tepid game of cat-and-mouse that seems fraught with errors (by the characters and the screenwriter). From Shelley Smith's book "The Ballad of the Running Man", and not helped by Reed's lack of grip on the narrative (he seems much more interested in the local Spanish flavor). ** from ****


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