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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rex Black
... Stella Black
... Stephen Maddux
... Parson
Eleanor Summerfield ... Hilda Tanner
... Jenkins
Harold Goldblatt ... Tom Webster
... Miles Bleeker
... Madge Penderby
... Police Official
... Roberto (as Juan Jose Menendez)
... Sam Crewdson
... Solicitor
... Jim Jerome
... Spanish Doctor
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Storyline

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

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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October 1963 (USA)  »

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Carol Reed's The Running Man  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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Beautiful scenery, beautiful leads
30 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Good drama with a bit of mystery thrown in. It's hard to say what's more beautiful in this movie the locations, which are breathtaking or Lee Remick and Alan Bates both at the peak of their individual attractiveness who are equally stunning. They offer the best performances doing an uncertain dance around each other never sure of the other's motives. Laurence Harvey is his usual squirrelly pompous self but that fits the role. Well known to be an abrasive, selfish, uncooperative and egotistical jerk behind the scenes Harvey apparently was incredibly difficult on this shoot to the point where Lee Remick refused to discuss the problems but was quoted as saying "The tales I can tell of working with him are too horrendous to repeat." Not a classic Reed film but he guides the film well although apparently his confidence had been shaken by exiting another troubled production, the Marlon Brando Mutiny on the Bounty, just prior to this.


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