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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 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 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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Taglines:

England...France...Gibraltar...Malaga...From the Four Corners of the Earth...To the Far Corners of Suspense! 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 white car Rex hires in Spain is a 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible. 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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Much better than you've heard: The Running Man
21 September 2007 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

Sorely underrated and dismissed at the time of its release, THE RUNNING MAN can now be seen for what it it: a highly effective thriller. Director Carol Reed was said to be shaken after being dismissed from MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, but it really doesn't show. He conducts us deftly through a nicely conceived intrigue, with no time wasted. If a viewer can forgive a small handful of plot contrivances, this movie delivers in suspense, interesting characters, acting, and pleasing use of locations. The cast is superb: Laurence Harvey might look underfed, but his character is richly drawn he seems to have a great time. Lee Remick has never been better: a woman who sees her husband for what he really is when he assumes a new identity. And Alan Bates, an actor who radiated charm, brings a lot of substance to his part. Watch for Fernando Rey and Fortunio Bonanova (the singing teacher from CITIZEN KANE--"Impossible! Impossible!") as a bank manager. The script has a good helping of humor along with the suspense. And William Alwyn's music score enhances the film as well. It may not be THE THIRD MAN, but THE RUNNING MAN is likely to satisfy most fans of thrillers, the director and the estimable cast.


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