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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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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

An assistant director came up to Gene Simmons during the location filming and said that one of the off-duty Vancouver police doing crowd control had pointed at Simmons and said, "better get him outta there". Upon being assured by the assistant director that he was one of the actors, the cop continued, "I don't know . . . if I shook hands with him, I'd count all my fingers". See more »

Goofs

When Ramsey goes into the house to rescue the infant from the killer robot, he steps on the mini bush, the supposedly real plant is obviously a fake. See more »

Quotes

Luther: Drop it, sucker!
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Connections

Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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My name is Gene Simmons and my deadly robot spiders will kill you...
30 April 2006 | by wierzbowskisteedmanSee all my reviews

In this 1980s futuristic actioner, Tom Selleck plays a police officer who specialises in eliminating renegade robots. Usually this just involves flipping the OFF switch because no one else had sufficient insurance cover to do it. When he discovers some important red and black bits of plastic are being sold on the black market, he battles various foes on his way to discovering the truth, including wobbling plastic boxes, Meccano sets gone bad and Gene Simmons.

Author Michael Crichton is at the helm here, and he does a decent enough job with what appears to be a relatively low budget. Tom Selleck cruises along with a heavily clichéd hero character (dead wife, vulnerable child, fear of heights, wobbling plastic assistant called Lois), however his somewhat boring character is evened out nicely by Gene Simmons, who sends the ham-o-meter to dangerous levels with his terrifically OTT performance, and dialogue along the lines of "MUHAHAHAHA!!!". As with most films of this ilk, by today's standards it's heavily dated, but then again it's a reminder of a time when action films focused on action and didn't take themselves to seriously.

"Runaway" is an unremarkable but reasonably solid action film. It moves at a speedy pace, albeit along the well oiled lines of about nine million other similar films, there's little to fault if you're only looking for light techo-action fare.

Hardly something anyone should seek out (unless, of course, you want to see Gene Simmons waving a ridiculously huge gun around and trying to out-stare the rest of the cast) but not something that should be avoided at all costs either, if it's on TV and you don't have anything better to do.


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