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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.


Carol Reed


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




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


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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Famed director Carol Reed focuses on naked fear! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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


During his getaway towards the end of the film, the rear view mirror of Rex's Lincoln Continental appears and disappears between long shots and close ups. See more »


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

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Solid suspenser
7 January 2015 | by ianbrown65See all my reviews

Watchable but somehow unmemorable suspense thriller from a major British director. The plot, cleverly written by John Mortimer, has some quite subtle twists and turns; the acting good. Laurence Harvey as a dislikeable insurance fraudster, Lee Merick is particularly fetchi9ng as his increasingly uncertain wife, Alan Bates gives his usual sensitive performance as investigator who might be on to them, all convince. But Carol Reed (director of such classics as The third Man, Odd Man Out, Oliver) never manages to give it quite enough urgency or edge. It all comes across as something of a pot-boiler in his career. The scenery in Spain and Gibraltar is atmospheric, but it's one of those films that relies just a bit too heavily on pleasing sunny locations.

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Release Date:

October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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