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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.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Gary DeVore (story), Gary DeVore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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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 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 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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Plot Keywords:

shootout | gunfight | cop | vacation | bar | See All (39) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apunta, dispara... y corre See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,227,757, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$38,500,726
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Selleck and John Travolta were also offered the roles of Hughes and Costanzo. Selleck turned it down due to commitments to Magnum, P.I. (1980) while Travolta's, at the time agent, Michael Ovitz, felt that the project was wrong for him. See more »

Goofs

When Hughes and Costanza are shooting at the Ford Mustang driving towards them, you can see sparks from the building although the car does not make contact with the building. See more »

Quotes

Ray Hughes: How did you get a name like Snake anyway? Whaddaya, got a long weewee?
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Freedom
Performed by Michael McDonald
Written by Rod Temperton
Produced by Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien and Richard Rudolph
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The original buddy-comedy action film

"Running Scared" was released one year before "Lethal Weapon". Followed by "Tango & Cash", "Last Boy Scout", and "Showdown In Little Tokyo". "Running Scared" seems to be a forgotten 80's classic. Not many people mention it when discussing great buddy-cop films. But they should.

The chemistry between Crystal and Hines is magical. Both actors bring a lot to the table and their comic timing is perfect. They make a great duo and it's a shame a sequel never followed. This film is ripe for rediscovery. Some great actors pop up in supporting roles as well. If you dig any of the buddy-cop movies that followed it, watch this film. Good action, good laughs, great movie.


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