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The Running Man ()


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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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Ben Richards
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Amber Mendez
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William Laughlin
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Fireball
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Captain Freedom
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Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Harold Weiss
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Buzzsaw
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Subzero
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Mic
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Stevie
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Damon Killian
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Brenda
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Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
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Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
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Med Tech
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Valdez (as Anthony Penya)
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Tony
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Agent (as Kenneth Lerner)
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Amy
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Phil Hilton (voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
Dona Hardy ...
Mrs. McArdle
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Edith Wiggins (as Lynne Stewart)
Bill Margolin ...
Leon
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Soldier #1 (as Anthony Brubaker)
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Soldier #2
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Soldier #3 (as Billy Lucas)
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Lieutenant Saunders
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Chico (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Sondra Holt ...
Suzie Checkpoint
Daniel Celario ...
Barrio Foreman #1
Mario Celario ...
Barrio Foreman #2
Sidney Chankin ...
Custodian
Kim Pawlik ...
Newscaster
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Travel Pass Guard
Barbara Lux ...
Elderly Lady
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911 Security Officer #2
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Propaganda Officer
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Yuppie Yeller (as Boyd R. Kestner)
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911 Security Officer #1
Charlie Phillips ...
Teenage Punk
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Manager Locker Room
John William James ...
Barrio Bettor
Jon Cutler ...
Underground Tech
Kerry Wall ...
Dancer (as Kerry Brennan)
Paula Brown ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Suzie Hardy ...
Dancer
Debby Harris ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Marlene Lange ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Cindy Millican ...
Dancer
Andrea Moen ...
Dancer
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Dancer (as Mary Ann Oedy)
Karen Owens ...
Dancer
Sharon Owens ...
Dancer
Pamela Rossi ...
Dancer
Mia Togo ...
Dancer
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Sports Patron (uncredited)
Maureen Flaherty ...
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Woman in Airport (uncredited)
Jeff Jensen ...
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Jon McBride ...
Locker Room Viewer (uncredited)
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Directed by

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Paul Michael Glaser

Written by

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Stephen King ... (novel) (as Richard Bachman)
 
Steven E. de Souza ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Keith Barish ... executive producer
Rob Cohen ... executive producer
George Linder ... producer
Tim Zinnemann ... producer

Music by

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Harold Faltermeyer
Vassal Benford ... co-composer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Thomas Del Ruth ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mark Warner ... (as Mark Roy Warner)
Edward A. Warschilka
John Wright

Editorial Department

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John A. Amicarella ... assistant editor (as John Alan Amicarella)
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Destiny Borden ... assistant editor
Vaune Kirby Frechette ... assistant editor (as Vaune Kirby)
David Jansen ... assistant editor
Bob Noland ... color timer
Steven Ramirez ... first assistant editor (as Steven E. Ramirez)
Yôko Seto ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jackie Burch

Production Design by

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Jack T. Collis

Set Decoration by

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Jim Duffy

Costume Design by

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Robert Blackman

Makeup Department

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Frankie Bergman ... hair stylist
Jeff Dawn ... key makeup artist (as Jefferson Dawn)
Nina Kent ... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte ... makeup artist
James Lee McCoy ... makeup artist (as Jim McCoy)
Richard Miranda ... special makeup effects artist
Bunny Parker ... hair stylist
Richard Snell ... makeup artist
Peter Tothpal ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Gary Daigler ... unit production manager (as Gary D. Daigler)
Whitney Green ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bennie E. Dobbins ... second unit director (as Bennie Dobbins)
Brian Fong ... dga trainee
Richard Peter Schroer ... first assistant director
Barry K. Thomas ... second assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Robert Grasmere ... additional second unit director (uncredited)
Robert S. Mills ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Richard Berger ... set designer (as Richard G. Berger)
Ken John Borland ... construction grip (as Kenneth Borland)
Max E. Brehme ... set dresser
Larry Clark ... decorator gang boss
Robert L. Clark ... paint foreman
Tom Cranham ... storyboard illustrator (as Thomas Cranham)
Mike Cunningham ... assistant property master
Dennis DeWaay ... construction coordinator
Marc Fambro ... laborer
Steve Fegley ... general foreman (as Steven Fegley)
Joseph E. Hubbard ... assistant art director
Eric A. Hulett ... lead man (as Eric Hulett)
Petko D. Kadiev ... storyboard illustrator
Frank Leasure ... propmaker
Frederick Lietzman ... prop maker
Willard Livingston ... prop shop
Ray Lopez ... head plasterer
Dave Margolin ... sign writer supervisor
Nick Navarro ... set designer
Gene Nollman ... assistant art director (as Gene Nollmann)
Joe Olsen ... assistant property master (as Joseph R. Olsen)
Nancy Patton ... set designer
Edward Piwowarski ... head laborer
Isidoro Raponi ... prop shop
Mark Rappaport ... sculptor
Michael Ross ... property master (as Michael G. Ross)
Hal Walker ... swing gang
Renato Casaro ... poster designer (uncredited)
John Cassel ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Allan Bromberg ... foley editor
Paul Timothy Carden ... co-supervising sound editor
Larry Carow ... sound editor
James Cavarretta ... sound recordist (as James J. Cavarretta)
John S. Coffey ... boom operator
David DeGeus ... assistant adr editor
Mike Dobie ... sound editor
Dean Drabin ... foley mixer
Louis L. Edemann ... sound editor
Carl Fischer ... boom operator
Richard C. Franklin ... supervising sound editor (as Richard C. Franklin Jr.)
Richard Bryce Goodman ... production sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Timothy A. Hoggatt ... adr mixer (as Tim Hoggatt)
Spike Allison Hooper ... assistant sound editor
Alan Howarth ... sound processing
Jack Keller ... sound recordist
David Kern ... sound editor (as David J. Kern)
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Bobbe Kurtz ... adr editor
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely ... sound editor
Mel Neiman ... sound processing
Alan L. Nineberg ... supervising adr editor
Bob O'Brien ... apprentice sound editor
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr recordist
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
Bruce Richardson ... sound editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Stephanie D. Singer ... assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Dawn Singer)
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Holger M. Thiele ... sound mastering engineer: re-mix & master: credited on new digital master
Andrew Torres ... adr editor
Claus Wedemann ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Claus Wiedemann)
Bill Wilner ... assistant adr editor
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound editor (uncredited)
Nils C. Jensen ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Michael Arbogast ... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh ... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Kenneth C. Clark ... special effects
David Domeyer ... special effects
Manuel S. Epstein ... special effects (as Manuel Stuart Epstein)
David Fletcher ... special effects technician
William Lee ... special effects
Willard Livingston ... mechanical effects
Robert Miller ... props
George Paine ... special effects
Kevin Quibell ... special effects (as Kevin S. Quibell)
Isidoro Raponi ... mechanical effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer ... special effects supervisor (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Ken Tarallo ... special effects crew
Dick Wood ... special effects (as Dick Woods)

Visual Effects by

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Remi Aubuchon ... video effects
Tim Bowen ... video effects
Syd Dutton ... matte shots
Robert Grasmere ... video effects supervisor (as Robert H. Grasmere Jr.)
Gary Gutierrez ... supervisor of special visual effects
Sam Nicholson ... additional photography
Bill Taylor ... matte shots
James Valentine ... rotoscope

Stunts

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Tony Brubaker ... stunts: Fireball (as Anthony Brubaker)
Al Cleland ... stunts: Subzero
Erik Cord ... stunts: Killian
Bennie E. Dobbins ... stunt coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)
Jeff Jensen ... stunts: Buzzsaw/Dynamo
Joel Kramer ... stunts: Ben Richards
Shawn Patrick Lane ... stunts: Weiss
Karen Price ... stunts: Amber
Mel Scott-Thomas ... stunts: Laughlin (as Mel Scott Thomas)
Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunt driver (uncredited) / stunt performer (uncredited)
Kenny Bates ... stunts (uncredited)
Art Camacho ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Phil Chong ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Kent ... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul M. Lane ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Roberto Martín Márquez ... stunt player (uncredited)
Debra Mazotti ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Robert Mazotti ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Branscombe Richmond ... stunts (uncredited)
Joseph Michael Roth ... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
Michael M. Vendrell ... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Anderson ... camera operator
Michael J. Bailey ... lamp operator
Douglas E. Beal ... second assistant camera (as Doug Beal)
Marc Brickman ... theatrical lighting designer
Doug Byers ... electrician
Billy Clevenger ... first assistant camera (as William B. Clevenger Jr.)
James M. Cox ... lamp operator
Gary R. Dodd ... key grip
George Dunagan ... lamp operator
Rick Fichter ... director of photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Walt Fraser ... second assistant camera (as Walter B. Fraser)
David Freeman ... theatrical lighting electrician (as Dave Freeman)
Dave Friedman ... still photographer (as David D. Friedman)
Steven Gilbard ... theatrical lighting electrician (as Steve Gilbard)
Diana Goodman ... playback operator (as Diana Wooten Goodman)
Campbel Hair ... theatrical lighting electrician
Steve Hastings ... electrician
Ronald E. High ... first assistant camera (as Ron High)
Michael Hirsch ... theatrical lighting electrician (as Michael Hirsch)
James Keys ... lamp operator (as James J. Keys)
Jan Koshay ... dolly grip (as Jan S. Koshay)
Kevin J. Lang ... rigging gaffer
A.P. Lawrence ... theatrical lighting electrician
Michael Maley ... gaffer
William Maley ... key grip (as Bill Maley)
Jerry L. Mandley ... lighting technician
Steven C. McGee ... best boy electric (as Steve McGee)
Chris Napolitano ... electrician
Adrian Selby ... theatrical lighting production coordinator
Monte Swann ... video playback operator
Gary Tandrow ... gaffer
Dave Turpin ... best boy grip (as Dave 'Maddog' Turpin)
Reynaldo Villalobos ... additional photographer
Kenneth Zunder ... camera operator
Albert Hood ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Billy DaMota ... casting assistant (as William O. DaMota)
Jeff Howell ... extras casting
Robert Lansing Parker ... extras casting (as Lansing Parker)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Henry Baghdassarian ... Dynamos costume engineer: Propmakers Inc.
Dan Bronson ... men's costumer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck ... costume department supervisor
Michael J. Long ... men's key costumer
David Page ... costume department assistant
Margaret Rezaie ... seamstress
Frank Perry Rose ... men's costumer (as Frank Rose)
Buck Skelton ... men's costumer
Betty Jean Slater ... women's costumer

Location Management

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Greg Lazzaro ... location manager (as Gregory M. Lazzaro)
Ken H. Rosen ... location manager
John R. Woodward ... location manager

Music Department

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Bob Badami ... music editor
Bill Bernstein ... assistant music editor
Brian Reeves ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Lyle Christensen ... shotmaker driver
Robert K. Johnson ... transportation mechanic (as Rob Johnson)
Tim Roslan ... transportation captain
Kenny Searle ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Paula Abdul ... choreographer
Ariel Bello ... production assistant
Dawn LeDuke Calcaterra ... assistant: Mr. Barish
Jim Canepa ... caterer
Rhonda Columb ... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
Bryan Dirickson ... caterer
Boyce R. Doyle ... special ending credits consultant
Michael Grasso ... firearms advisor / law enforcement
Alison Howard-Smith ... production secretary
Jerry Irvine ... propulsion specialist
Merle L. Jackson ... production office coordinator (as Merle Jackson)
Carlton Jones ... assistant choreographer
Joanie D. Jones ... assistant: Mr. Linder
David G. Kantar ... assistant: Mr. Glaser
Luca Kouimelis ... script supervisor
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing
Andrew Lipschultz ... publicity coordinator
Lynn Marks ... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
George G. Miller ... first aid
Margaret Mitchell ... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Joe Pancake ... craft service
Mark Rappaport ... puppeteer
Mike Revell ... assistant production accountant
Pattee Roedig ... cine guarantor representative
Robert Schroer ... production assistant
Ed Sienkaniec ... caterer (as Ed 'Bubba' Sienkaniec)
Marina Simpson ... stand-in
Don Speakman ... craft service (as Donald W. Speakman)
Mary Thomas ... production associate (as Mary Clare Thomas)
Pam Trzaska ... first aid (as Pamela C. Trzaska)
Jim Vatis ... production assistant (as James Vatis)
Christine Whitney ... production supervisor
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 captured once again and forced to appear on "The Running Man" with three other convicts. With their help, he fights his way through a cadre of sadistic gladiators hunting them down through the ruins of a Los Angeles earthquake, but not promising Killian that he'll return to settle the score when the show's host double-crosses him. In the meantime, the contestants must search through the ruins for the resistance in the hopes of finally broadcasting the truth about the government. Written by Curly Q. Link

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Taglines The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Battle Runner (Japan, English title)
  • Running Man (France)
  • Running Man (Germany)
  • Perseguido (Spain)
  • Guo guan zhan jiang (China, Mandarin title)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,117,465, 17 Jul 2012

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Rob Cohen purchased the rights to the Richard Bachman novella 'The Running Man', he had no idea that Bachman was actually a pseudonym for Stephen King. See more »
Goofs In the helicopter, Ben says, "I will not kill helpless people"; in the game show with the original "uncensored" footage of the massacre he says, "I will not kill helpless human beings." See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Gamer (2009). See more »
Soundtracks THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Ben Richards: [after ripping the surveillance monitor off the wall] You cold-blooded bastard! I'll tell you what I think of it: I live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your god-damn spine!
[Smashes monitor on the floor]
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