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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,198,279, 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$6,770,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,770,587
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Never a hardcore fan of Kiss, Kirstie Alley remembered that she had a fear of guys who worked in bands like that: "Especially Gene" she said, "because he was so bizarre, with that tongue and the fire-eating". That kept flashing into her mind during the early scenes they played together. "To walk towards Gene, there was a lot going on inside of me and I felt like I was going into a wan of fire. He's a very powerful human being. He feels very dangerous, but he's not". 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

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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A very enjoyable techno-thriller
25 July 2003 | by bannonanthonySee all my reviews

Like quite a few of these 'forgotten' films of the 80s and 90s, I read about this before actually seeing it. Having an interest in Kiss, I wanted to see if Gene Simmons could act. As bad guy Luther, he does pretty well, but there's nothing particularly remarkable about his performance.

The other performances are okay. Tom Selleck and Kirstie Alley are rather good in their roles. POLICE ACADEMY's G.W. Bailey has a straight role as the Chief of Police (the typical by-the-book type who always chews the hero out). The storyline is very good. As it's written by Michael Crichton, it's another tale of technology gone bad, although this time, it was a deliberate human act which caused the mayhem. The film book I read about RUNAWAY in said basically that between WESTWORLD and JURASSIC PARK, two of the best known sci-fi films ever, Crichton made this film. This is true, but while WW and JP are remebered, this film is largely forgotten.

Granted, this film is hardly a classic, but in my opinion, there are times when you go 'who cares' and just sit down to a good, entertaining picture. I recommend RUNAWAY for a viewing. Although, this movie, and some episodes of STARGATE SG-1 seem to confirm that some people find tacky-looking mechanical spiders scary. Which I don't.


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