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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.

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IT IS THE FUTURE. Machines intended to do our work are programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all. See more »


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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

Gross USA:

$6,770,587
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of 1980s movies where KISS actor Gene Simmons portrayed a villain. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986) was another. See more »

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Reflection of steady cam and operator on the Coke truck during the alley chase scene. See more »

Quotes

Chief of Police: You screwed up good, Ramsay. We got two dead officers, do you understand me mister? Two. Dead. Cops! We got two wounded - one of them your own partner - and we got two dead guinea punks! And no one knows why or what the HELL its all about!
Ramsay: I know what it's about!
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in need of CGI
29 March 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In the near future, robots are everywhere and malfunctioning robots are called Runaways. Sgt. Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) leads a specialized police squad which handles such incidents. New recruit Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes) is his new partner. As they investigate a robot homicide, Ramsay discovers non-standard circuitry in the robot. They go up against Dr. Charles Luther (Gene Simmons) with his killer spider robots and guided bullets. The investigation leads to Vectrocon where executive secretary Jackie Rogers (Kirstie Alley) is cornered by a robot.

It's been over 30 years since I first saw this movie. I remember liking it but not loving it. After seeing it again recently, some new holes appear along with the old remembered holes. First, it makes little sense that city cops would go out into the country to catch agricultural robots. It didn't really occur to me back then.

There are some good ideas from Michael Crichton. He tries his best for advanced robots but this movie needed CGI effects. The robots don't scream needing specialized cops. They need mechanics. It would make more sense for a movie like iRobot and that needs a leap in movie effects. This is more or less a cop movie. Selleck is perfectly capable of playing a cop and Gene Simmons has functional menace. That part mostly works. It has some slow sections and Crichton as a director has his limitations. Also, some humor wouldn't hurt. This movie is before its time and falters sometimes due to it.


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