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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 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. He fought the horror of robots programmed to kill. See more »


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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

The movie supposedly takes place in the future, and yet in the background during the kitchen scene, a box of cereal can be seen, clearly it's a box of C3P0's, which only existed in the year 1984, when this film was released. See more »

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Jack Ramsay: Look, I want Tensolite shields, I want blast pads and I wanna clear the fucking room now!
Chief: Ramsay, you're on television!
Jack Ramsay: I don't give a shit.
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Good Old 1980's Sci-Fi
5 January 2014 | by Vincent_BSee all my reviews

This movie was in the same fashion as Robocop or other alternate reality movies. I don't berate it for bad effects or silly technology because that was cutting edge back in the mid 80's. There is plenty more to make this movie lose some points. The stereotyped and heavy handed police chief (Bailey) who rants at officers. The little boy played by Joey Cramer who couldn't be more stiff and robotic in his acting. Joey went from feature films to TV and now into obscurity. Poor dialog like, "Drop it, sucker!" or "...we got two dead giddy punks!". The movie has moments you question motives and direction. Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons did their best with the material they were given. The five lead roles have no last names and everyone else is just listed as professions, so the characters seem less than real.

This movie has some good points that make it worth watching, cool robots (RC puppets) from a farming bot that looks a lot like Wall-E to Dr. Luther's evil acid injecting spider bots that also explode. There is no CGI in the film which is always a big plus. The moral that robots are expected to be perfect, although built by flawed humans is a good adage.

Movies made that same year of 1984 "Terminator", "Ghostbusters", and "Temple of Doom" blew "Runaway" out of the water but I still like it as a nostalgic part of my father's generation and it is fun to watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Runaway See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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