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Night of the Running Man (1995)

A Las Vegas cab driver discovers a stolen million dollars, and is tracked by a relentless and cold-blooded assassin sent to retrieve the money.

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Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Lee Wells (novel), Lee Wells (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Jerry Logan
Alex Zonn Alex Zonn ... Homeless Man
Matthew Laurance ... Eric Nichols, the Fare
Carl Ciarfalio ... Thug
Antony Ponzini ... Ernie
Jeanna Michaels Jeanna Michaels ... Cynthia Nickelson, TV Reporter
Scott Glenn ... David Eckhart
Kathrin Middleton ... Eckhart's Babe (as Kathrin Lautner)
Peter Iacangelo ... Al Chambers
Mayf Nutter Mayf Nutter ... Mugger
Don Stark ... Rodney
Damon Carr Damon Carr ... Amtrak Ticket Agent #1
Kim Lankford ... Waitress
Frank Novak ... Conductor
Terri Hawkes ... Nicole, Amtrak Ticket Agent #2
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A Las Vegas cab driver finds a million dollars of stolen money in his cab after his fare is murdered. Soon after, a ruthless hitman is in pursuit; he will stop at nothing to recover the money and dispose of all witnesses. Written by Rob Hartill

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite de Todos os Perigos See more »

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Scott Glenn's character's knife is a full dress CQC6 with Mother of Pearl handles made by custom knife maker, Ernest Emerson. See more »

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Silly, Silly, Silly
23 September 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

There's so many defects and so many qualities about "Night of the Running Man" that in the end all we get is a bad film that is quite good and a good film that is ridiculously bad. The idea is almost an encounter between "Collateral" and "No Country for Old Men" but without the same dynamism and quality of both films. Dialogs are poorly written and very very simplistic to the point of annoyance, and the situations are predictable, implausible and incredibly unrealistic. It's a very silly movie!

Poor Andrew McCarthy suffers hell after finding a suitcase full of money in his cab, left by one of his unusual passengers. It looks like the mob is trying to get back the money and they hired a dangerous hit-man (Scott Glenn) to find it. On one side there's Andrew running away from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and then Los Angeles, and on the other side, Glenn's tactics to find this dumb guy, who seems to be getting really smart after this sudden lucky strike. The most obvious clichés of the world are used here again and again.

However, the great surprise of this movie are the villains and their methods of doing their job. Glenn is very effective as the scary guy who kills everybody on his way, the kind of guy who doesn't trust anybody. He's very terrifying. And there's another villain, played by John Glover, who is very scary and because of his torture methods that the film gets interesting (when he puts McCarthy's feet on boiling water to prevent him from running away). That scene alone worths the whole film.

But this movie cannot escape of its negative aspects. Fight scenes are badly executed; lots of laughable parts; the amazing fact of a guy who had his feet burned walking on crutches one day later after the incident (at least put him on a wheelchair when walking out of the hospital, then I would believe just a little); the presentation of both major characters are terrible, you don't even have time to relate or care for the hero, he's simply thrown on the screen and we "have" to like him.

Uninteresting as an action film or as a thriller, and a little bit funny as a drama, "Night of the Running Man" is good in making us wondering why good actors allow themselves to waste their talents in such a simplistic and dull project where their skills aren't well used. It's not a complete waste of time but when you think of the possibilities of doing better things on a boring day, you won't even feel guilty of missing this, even if you admire the people involved in this. 5/10


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