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Running Scared (1986)

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.

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Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
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John DiSanti ...
Vinnie
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Ace
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Women's Room Lawyer
Robert Lesser ...
Supoena Lawyer
Betty Carvalho ...
Apartment Manager
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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 frozen Chicago. They decide to quit and open a bar in Key West. 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 Julio 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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shootout | gunfight | cop | vacation | bar | See All (39) »

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Two of Chicago's Finest? See more »


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27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,227,757, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$38,500,726
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Trivia

The docked ship used in the movie at the 29min mark is the Columbia Yatch Club, Chicago. The ship is non working and permanently dock in the Chicago harbor. See more »

Goofs

When Danny drives Julio's Mercedes from the impound lot, it has an obvious rear-view mirror on the windshield. In the close-up of Danny and Ray in the vehicle afterwards, the mirror is not there. In subsequent shots, the mirror is sometimes there and sometimes not there. See more »

Quotes

Danny Costanzo: [Bullets bounce off the windows of the custom car] It works! It's really bullet-proof!
Sister Rebecca: Thank you, Lord!
Ray Hughes: Thank you Ace!
Danny Costanzo: [to Julio] *Nothing*!
[makes faces at him, then tries to roll the window down]
Danny Costanzo: The windows won't roll down!
Ray Hughes: You asshole Ace!
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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I Know What I Want
By Patti LaBelle
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Unoriginal but great fun
21 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Wisecracking Chicago cops Ray and Danny tackle drug lord Julio Gonzales in a battle of wits across the city. Essentially the plot doesn't matter, this is just another buddy cop movie from the eighties. However it rises above others by being good fun throughout. It even takes a break from the action midway for the two to go and live on the beach and lay low for a while.

The main reason it is so much fun is the chemistry between Hines and Crystal. It's very easy to believe that they are partners of many years. Crystal is especially funny but really they both make it good. Even chase scenes and action scenes contain witty dialogue throughout. Smits is not a great villain but he carries the role well and the supporting cast are impressive with other future big names Dan Hedaya and Joe Pantoliano.

Overall it's not a classic - it's a buddy cop movie. But even now it still feels fresh and fun due to the partnership of Hines and Crystal. Watch it, like the characters, enjoy the action and laugh at the comedy - a wonderful example of how the buddy cop genre can be good when everything is just right.


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