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Running Scared (1980)

It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chas McClain
... Leroy Beecher
... Sally Mae Giddens
... Arthur Jaeger
... Captain Munoz
... Sergeant McClain
... Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
Tom McFadden ... Col. Williams
Tim Brantly ... Kid in Jalopy
Mary Lawson ... Ponytail
Lisa Felcoski ... Sandy
Francine Joyce ... Robin Winston
Malcolm Jones ... Storekeeper
... C-47 Pilot
Roger Pretto ... Commando Lieutenant
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In 1961, Chas and Leroy, two fun-loving military serviceman who had enough of the service, leave Panama as stowaways in a military cargo plane flying for the States. Leroy is not satisfied with compensation for his army days, so he smuggles with him one box of military supplies, which he plans to sell in the USA. He tries out a military camera on some military base they fly over and throws away the photos. In the states, an army cleaner finds photos inside the plane and alerts his superiors. They think the stowaways are communist spies and the base starts a frantic search. Written by Anonymous

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Judge Reinhold in this film plays a young soldier leaving the Army after two years in Panama . His next motion picture, "Stripes"(1981) , has him playing a young recruit entering the Army. See more »

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When Chaz and Sallie Mae make it out of the swamp to a small store, there is a television playing news about Marilyn Monroe , and the proposed invasion. The television is a 1970s model table top. It should be a late 1950s or early 60s black and white as most programming in the early 1960s was black and white. See more »

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Judge Reinhold and Ken Wahl are caught up in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion!
29 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Chas McClain(Wahl) and Leroy Beecher(Judge)are returning home to Florida from military service in the Panama Canal zone as stow-aways on a C-47 cargo plane. Leroy is smuggling a trunk full of guns, cameras, and other goods he has appropriated as his Army "discharge bonus"

When the C-47 makes an unexpected supply drop at a secret military base, under preparation for a Cuban invasion, Leroy innocently takes a photograph while testing his new infra-red camera.

Chas and Leroy's civilian freedom is short-lived because a paranoid intelligence agent has discovered evidence of Judge's photography and assumes the boys are spies. Captain Munoz(John Saxon)doing his best Cuban,officer in the invasion force, is ordered to bring in the boys for questioning. Order are to stop at nothing, including torture, to get the answers they want. This is some of Reinhold best acting, he shows skill he hasn't use since. A good late-nite actioner. Oh yeah lots of cool cars from late 50's and early 60's.


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