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Runaway (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 December 1984 (USA)
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In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.

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Michael Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jack Ramsay
Cynthia Rhodes ... Thompson
Gene Simmons ... Luther
Kirstie Alley ... Jackie Rogers
Stan Shaw ... Marvin
G.W. Bailey ... Chief
Joey Cramer ... Bobby Ramsay
Chris Mulkey ... Johnson
Anne-Marie Martin ... Hooker at Bar
Michael Paul Chan ... Wilson
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Miss Shields
Carol Teesdale ... Sally
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Inspector
Paul Batten Paul Batten ... Harry
Babs Chula ... Construction Foreperson (as Babs Chulla)
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Storyline

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It Is The Future. He fought the horror of robots programmed to kill. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Runaway - Spinnen des Todes See more »

Filming Locations:

Moses Lake, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,198,279, 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$6,770,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,770,587
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The story is the most important element in all of Michael Crichton works. He believed a great problem with some movies is that they had elaborate sets or exotic hardware in that they are so vast and visual, and therefore so interesting to look at, that the technology threatens to take over the film. Crichton said: "The robots and the level of robotics in Runaway (1984) is very primitive and mechanical . We don't have anything that is super-intelligent. They're machines. They're not perfect. Being primitive, they're sort of stupid and they make mistakes, and this adds to the suspense in the film. There are several scenes where the characters won1t let the machines do the work. The character that Tom [Selleck] plays is constantly saying, 'Don't use the machine. Let a person do it'." See more »

Goofs

Strings visible on the floater camera that Ramsey sends into Johnson's house while trying to rescue the baby. See more »

Quotes

Luther: Drop it, sucker!
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Referenced in Virus (1999) See more »

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Not great-But a perfect Saturday afternoon escape.
4 April 2000 | by FredichiSee all my reviews

Okay this movie is far from perfect. However, on a rainy day, or lazy weekend afternoon the movie is highly enjoyable.

Like a lot of movies it starts out great but gets a little silly towards the end.

What makes this movie is Tom Selleck. He is a very under-appreciated actor, who always seems to breathe life into the dullest of movies. Here he takes what could of been a much sillier movie and brings a lot of believability to his role and to the story. Even if it is about robots going nuts.

Michael Crichton directed this one, strange that he didn't write it as a book first, cause it is a great story. A little ahead of it's time which might explain it's poor performance with the critics and at the box office.

Definitely worth checking out. Great Jerry Goldsmith score.


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