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The Runner (1999)

A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.


Ron Moler


Anthony E. Zuiker (screenplay by), Anthony E. Zuiker (story by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Edward
Courteney Cox ... Karina
John Goodman ... Deepthroat
Joe Mantegna ... Rocco
Bokeem Woodbine ... 477
David Jensen David Jensen ... Nosey Bettor (as Dave Jensen)
John David Conti John David Conti ... Larry Chewcluck
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ... Lefty (as Terrance Evans)
Gary Grossman ... Jeweler
Steve Schirripa ... Host
Lucy Lin Lucy Lin ... Chinese Dealer
Ai Wan ... 11 Card Chinese Dealer
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Black Jack Dealer
Joey Miyashima ... Dr. Andrews
David Arquette ... Bartender


A young man with an addiction to gambling has managed to get himself into serious debt. In an effort to pay off the bookies, his uncle pulls a few strings and gets him a job working for a gangster who needs a "runner" to place bets with various bookies. The gangster keeps his new "runner" on a short leash, and for the most part the young gambler behaves himself. However, the temptation of walking around with large sums of cash proves too great, and the "runner" puts both his job and his survival on the line when he dips into his boss's funds to buy a ring for his girlfriend. Written by Mark Deming

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Never make a bet you can't afford to lose.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Steve Schirripa and Bokeem Woodbine both previously featured in The Sopranos (1999) See more »


Edward: And like an asshole, I spent the money on you. Because I thought it would make you happy. And you can't put a price on that.
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The Light
Written and Performed by Douglas September
Produced by Randy Gerston & Steve Lindsey
Courtesy of Samson Records
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User Reviews

a very pleasant if disturbing surprise
16 December 2000 | by ergoman-2See all my reviews

I certainly did not expect much from this film, so i was quite blown away at how good it actually was. given that i saw it just one week after returning from Vegas made it that much more enthralling. You can say that The Runner is a movie about the gambling lifestyle, the same way Field of Dreams is a movie about baseball, that is that the gambling aspect is just a vehicle to a very interesting character study. And the characters in this film are VERY interesting indeed. you will find yourself caring about the fate of these characters more than almost any movie you have ever seen, and for my money that is a key criteria in a rewarding movie watching experience. With all the dogs out there you could see, this one is definitely worth a look. 8.5/10

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Release Date:

1 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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The Runner See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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