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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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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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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Runaway - Spinnen des Todes  »

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$6,770,587
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Robots, gadgets and weapons featured in the film included a magnum rocket gun used by the villain, explosive heat-seeking missile smart bullets that can steer around corners, mini remote control racingcar-like self-propelled road mine robots that race under cars and explode, a model 912 domestic robomaid robot, a police sketch artist portable computer tablet, a one-foot square aerostat hover floater CCTV camera, sniffer dog crime scene robots, an agricultural yellow-lacquered metal two-armed pest control robot, sentry security guard robots, eyeball identification checkers, and scuttling insect robots which were mechanical arachnid-like robot spiders with lethal venomous metallic stings. See more »

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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

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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