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The Running Man (1963)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | October 1963 (USA)
An Englishman with a grudge against an insurance company for a disallowed claim fakes his own death, but is soon pursued by an insurance investigator.

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 quieted down. But when the insurance investigator turns up, Rex starts a game of cat-and-mouse. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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England...France...Gibraltar...Malaga...From the Four Corners of the Earth...To the Far Corners of Suspense! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The aeroplane that Laurence Harvey attempts to escape in, a 1957 Jodel D117, is still flying in the UK. See more »

Goofs

Just after Stephen is pulled from his wrecked car, we see that the tree that has been holding the car back from careening over the cliff has been neatly chopped with an ax at the base. See more »

Quotes

Stella Black: You love it, don't you? I mean, you love taking risks and teasing him because you think he's trying to catch you.
Rex Black: Shhhhh, please quiet.
Stella Black: You think you're far too clever for him and anyone else in the world, don't you? And you like that. Much more interesting than just us being together.
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Connections

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

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Excellent thriller with good twist
9 April 2003 | by DawnfrancisSee all my reviews

A bitter airline pilot fakes his own death and gets his wife to collect the money. They escape to sunny Europe after committing a perfect crime. But, of course, there's always the dogged investigator to make things difficult.

This movie is a good afternoon's diversion. It's bright, flashy and pacey. With John Mortimer writing and Carol Reed directing, it has a certain touch of class. It's not an A list movie by any means, but a quick look in any reference book will tell you that it's well respected. Good performances, bright locations and a decent pace make this well worth a look.


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UK

Language:

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Release Date:

October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Running Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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