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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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Taglines:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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 jjnxn-1See 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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