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Eddie Macon's Run (1983)

A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

James McLendon (novel), Jeff Kanew (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Carl 'Buster' Marzack
John Schneider ... Eddie Macon
Lee Purcell ... Jilly Buck
Lisa Dunsheath ... Kay Potts
Leah Ayres ... Chris
Tom Noonan ... Daryl Potts
J.C. Quinn ... Shorter
Gil Rogers ... Logan
Jay O. Sanders ... Rudy Potts
Todd Allen ... Desk Sergeant
Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Sheriff Nighblack
Susan Bongard Susan Bongard ... Newscaster
Matthew Cowles ... Ray Banes
Bill DeWeese Bill DeWeese ... Officer #12
Vic Polizos ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Eddie Macon will do anything for and to be with his wife and young son, Chris and Bobby. It is for Bobby that they moved from Florida to Texas, one injustice after another which lands Eddie behind bars at Huntsville ultimately on a twenty year sentence. With Chris' help, Eddie plots to break out of prison, the plan to make his way on foot, traveling solely at night, to Laredo where he will cross the border into Mexico to meet Chris and Bobby, he and Chris figuring that he is not important enough for the Mexican authorities to bother sending him back if he is ever caught south of the border. While the good ol' boys within the Texas penal system send out the blood hounds to search for Eddie, Carl Marzack with the prisoner transfer office decides to search for Eddie on his own largely to settle an old score. While Marzack's colleagues' method is to chase, Marzack is more methodical, believing he just needs to follow the crumbs ultimately with Eddie showing himself in the process. There ... Written by Huggo

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Eddie Macon is running from a nightmare... running to a dream... and running for his life.


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Trivia

First of two feature films that director Jeff Kanew made with Kirk Douglas. The second was Tough Guys (1986). Kanew also later made a documentary about Douglas called Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009). See more »

Quotes

Carl 'Buster' Marzack: A good hunter never chases. He waits.
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Soundtracks

Havin' You Back
Music by Norton Buffalo & Michael Hinton
Words by Norton Buffalo
Performed by Lacy J. Dalton
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User Reviews

 
fine
22 May 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Eddie Macon (John Schneider) escapes from prison and is desperate to rejoin his family. His wife Chris (Leah Ayres) helps him escape. In flashbacks, he suffers various setbacks and injustices leading to a twenty year sentence. He is pursued by Texas department of corrections officer Carl 'Buster' Marzack (Kirk Douglas) who caught him in a previous attempt.

There is a lot of selling in this movie. It's selling Schneider as a good guy. The blonde hair blue eyed couple is perfect. At the end of the day, he was drinking while driving and he did hit a guy. It's a corrupt world and he expects that his perfection shouldn't be touched by it. I would root for him more if the movie isn't trying so hard to sell his innocence. There is a good performance from Douglas and there is also a young John Goodman. One thing is for sure. Texas folks aren't coming off looking good in this one. Finally, it's unreasonable for him to be running except that it's in the title. His wife should have rented a car and left it at a designated location. At the very least, he should have stolen a car after the shooting. All in all, it's fine if not anything special.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szökés - Eddie Macon futása See more »

Filming Locations:

Encinal, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,262,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,262,691
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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