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Running Scared (1986)

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Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Gary DeVore (story), Gary DeVore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Hines ... Ray Hughes
Billy Crystal ... Danny Costanzo
Steven Bauer ... Det. Frank Sigliano
Darlanne Fluegel ... Anna Costanzo
Joe Pantoliano ... Snake
Dan Hedaya ... Captain Logan
Jon Gries ... Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
Tracy Reed ... Maryann
Jimmy Smits ... Julio Gonzales
John DiSanti ... Vinnie
Larry Hankin ... Ace
Don Calfa ... Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ... Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Apartment Manager
Louis Perez ... Thug
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Storyline

Danny and Ray are two street wise cops in Chicago. When they are almost killed on a case, they are forced to take a vacation by their captain. Key West offers a substantial change over Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar there. Upon returning, they find that Julio, the drug dealer who nearly killed them, has made bail and is trying to complete a giant drug deal. They decide to complete their case against him before quitting, but then begin being careful. Their effectiveness drops as they find they can't operate the way they did before if they don't have the edge of a long time commitment. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

They've got 30 days to clean up Chicago before they retire to Paradise... Losing their police car, their suspect and having their cover blown is a real bad start. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original script was written for Gene Hackman and Paul Newman before Peter Hyams decided to make the Hughes and Costanzo characters younger. See more »

Goofs

Chicagoans stand "in line" not "on line" as Costanzo said to his Aunt Sophie at the funeral. See more »

Quotes

Maryann: How did you find me?
Ray Hughes: I'm a detective. I find people all the time.
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Connections

Featured in Michael McDonald: Sweet Freedom (1986) See more »

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Once In A Lifetime Groove
Written by Chris Perren, Freddie Perren and Richard Wyatt Jr.
Performed by New Edition
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final Jeopardy is on!
7 August 2008 | by tomloft2000See all my reviews

yes the plot is implausible,and so politically incorrect that you can't believe.but the film does what it sets out to do-entertain.this is ground that has been covered before(Beverly Hills Cop as an example),but never in a way that is as much fun.the screenplay is o.k.,with the best dialogue reserved for Hines-Crystal banter.the other characters are basically filler.but generally well done(Joe Pantoliano as Snake is great).there are a few dead spots in the film,but these are usually rescued by Hines and/or Crystal,who seemed to be having a lot of fun.there is a fantastic chase scene late in the movie that alone makes it worth watching.altogether this '80's buddy movie still holds up.mostly because of the insanity of the two leads.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Scared See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,227,757, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$38,500,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,500,726
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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