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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. 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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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Runaway - Spinnen des Todes  »

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$6,770,587
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According to actor Tom Selleck, Ramsay was completely different from any character he had ever played. Selleck said: "There's a family attachment. He has a son. But he's also a very driven character. When he gets onto something he really goes after it with a single-mindedness that none of the other characters I've played have had. At times he messes up. It sometimes clouds that makes the script really interesting". Moreover, Selleck also said: "What's nice about Runaway (1984) is that the characters don't get lost. You still get to know who they are, and that's important to me". See more »

Goofs

During the hallway shootout, the special rocket-dart-shooting gun fails to launch a visible rocket-dart down the hallway even though the resulting explosion is seen. See more »

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Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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Featured in Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) See more »

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Great sci-fi thriller
15 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The beauty of "Runaway" - . . . well, there are a few, actually. It's a good marriage of cop movie and plausible science fiction, a nasty villain (Gene Simmons with that creepy stare) and it works pretty much as well now as it did 30 years ago - which is something when we're talking a movie that's as unabashedly '80s as this. Selleck and Rhodes (hello!) have a good rapport, and the car "chase" scene on the freeway was pretty well don. On second thought, this probably shouldn't be as watchable as it is, but then again, Crichton actually manages to wring some nice suspense out of tiny robots.

7/10


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