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The Running Man (1987)

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A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Richards
... Amber Mendez
... William Laughlin
... Fireball
... Captain Freedom
... Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Harold Weiss
... Buzzsaw
... Subzero
... Mic
... Stevie
... Damon Killian
... Brenda
... Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
... Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
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Storyline

In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is... Written by Curly Q. Link

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It is the year 2019. "The Running Man" is a deadly game no one has ever survived. But..... Schwarzenegger has yet to play. See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sobreviviente  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,117,465, 15 November 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,122,105
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The code to get into Ben Richards' brother/Amber's apartment is 4-4-5-5-6-6. See more »

Goofs

During the aerial attack on Bakersfield, the helicopter's computer shows the Bakersfield coordinates as Lat 45.04 N, Long 119.06 W. These coordinates are actually in the area of Umatilla National Forest of northeastern Oregon, just west of the 395 near Dale. Bakersfield, California is actually Lat 35.37 N, Long 119.02 W. Someone might have typo'd the 35 to 45, but even then, the coordinates are south of the Maricopa Highway, on Snapp Road! See more »

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William Laughlin: [his last words] Don't let us down. I don't want to be the only asshole in heaven, Ben.
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Announcer's voiceover: "The Running Man has been brought to you by: Breakaway Paramilitary Uniforms, Orthopure Pure Procreation Pills, and Cadre Cola - it hits the spot. Promotional considerations paid for by Kelton Flame Throwers, Wainwright Electrical Launchers, and Hammond & Gage Chain Saws. Damon Killian's wardrobe by Chez Antoine, 19th-century craftsmanship for the 21st-century man. Cadre trooper and studio guard's sidearms provided by Colchester, the pistol of patriots. Remember, tickets for the ICS studio tour are always available for class A citizens in good standing. If you'd like to be a contestant on The Running Man, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ICS Talent Hunt, care of your local affiliate, and then go out and do something really despicable! I'm Phil Hilton. Good night and take care!" See more »

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THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES
(from THE VALKYRIES)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Awesome Action Film With Great One Liners From Arnie!
10 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an awesome action film with great one liners from Arnie!. It's stylishly made, with lots of tense action to keep one satisfied. The Characters were awesome, and Richard Dawson, is very menacing as the main villain. Yes it has tons of plot holes,however it's highly highly entertaining, with a great ending as well. It had a great story, too it, and Arnie and Maria Conchita Alonso had great chemistry together. The Character development was also pretty good, with, some superb performances. The Directing is great!. Paul Michael Glaser, does a very good job here, with awesome use of colors, keeping it stylish throughout, awesome camera angles, and overall keeping the film at a very fast pace! good job. There is a little bit of gore. We get a few bloody gunshot wounds, exploding head, slit throat, bloody chainsaw slices, skinless corpses, blood, and an impaling. The Acting is great!. Arnold Schwarzenegger is AMAZING as always, he is excellent in the acting department , has tons of hilarious one liners, kicks that ass, and as always is a big physical presence!, and was tons of fun to watch! (Arnie Rules!). Maria Conchita Alonso, does well here, she was really cute, and had good chemistry with Arnie!. Yaphet Kotto, is decent here, with what he has to do, which is not much. Marvin J. McIntyre, is good as the geeky type guy, he was cool!. Richard Dawson is awesome as the main villain, and was very very menacing, and he was fun to watch. Jesse Ventura,Jim Brown,Erland van Lidth,Gus Rethwisch,and Professor Toru Tanaka, all do what they have to do very well as the stalkers. Overall a MUST see! ****1/2 out of 5


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