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Running Scared (2006)

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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.


Wayne Kramer


Wayne Kramer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Joey Gazelle
Cameron Bright ... Oleg Yugorsky
Vera Farmiga ... Teresa Gazelle
Chazz Palminteri ... Detective Rydell
Karel Roden ... Anzor Yugorsky
Johnny Messner ... Tommy 'Tombs' Perello
Ivana Milicevic ... Mila Yugorsky
Alex Neuberger ... Nicky Gazelle
Michael Cudlitz ... Sal 'Gummy Bear' Franzone
Bruce Altman ... Dez
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Edele
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Frankie Perello (as Arthur Nascarella)
John Noble ... Ivan Yugorsky
Idalis DeLeon ... Divina
David Warshofsky ... Lester the Pimp


After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things go wrong for Joey after a neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find that kid and the gun before the police and the mob do. Written by Kevin Yang (Canada, Surrey)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When Edele enters the security code at the front door of the apartment, the sound of the numbers pressed results in the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". See more »


In the café near the end the food on Oleg's chin suddenly disappears. See more »


[first lines]
Joey Gazelle: [while frantically driving] Come on! Come on, kid! The fuck? Look at me. Fuck! Come on Oleg, stay with me. Come on. Come on! Come on, kid. We're gonna make it.
Oleg Yugorsky: We're gonna crash!
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Crazy Credits

The director wishes to dedicate the film to Sam Peckinpah, Brian De Palma and Walter Hill See more »


Features The Cowboys (1972) See more »


Music by D. Smirnov
Lyrics by D. Smirnov and V. Vasilyev
Performed by Kirpichi
Courtesy of S.B.A. Production, Inc.
Used by permission of EMI April Music Inc.
Published by EMI Virgin Music o/b/o S.B.A. Music Publishing
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Darn right original film has almost everything
18 December 2013 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

This Tarantino'esque film really delivers. May'be this is better than a Tarantino flick. This fresh film, one exhilarating ride for the viewer, never lets up, has great plot points, that keeps the story running, and really intensifies it parts. It has heavy doses of violence, great shootouts, in the beginning and near the end, and has wonderful performances from actors who really give it their all. This includes gaunt jawed, face lifted Palminteri, as a crooked cop, involved in hijacking a lot of moolah, from a drug shipment, in the first shootout, leaving a few mob guys plenty pi..ed. You'll love how Chazz gets it. Paul Walker is good as the lead. He actually acts, although his wise guy accent, comes apart, here and there. He plays second rate thug/family man, Joey Gazelle, who disposes of guns for the mob. Of course, deep down, he's a nice guy, though. When the neighbours abused kid, steals a gun from Walker's private stash to use on his abusive pig of a Russian father, the same gun that was used to kill a dirty cop, hours prior, hell night begins for Walker, who must retrieve it, before the cops do. So we have a great situation movie, with Walker trying to track the kid, Oleg down, where over the course of the night, the gun ends up in different hands, making Walker's job harder. Should of hid it in a safer place, Paul, preferably with a lock on it. Oleg has a very eventful night, encountering some really seedy ugly sorts (shouldn't go out at night) but none more evil than a paedophile couple who kidnap him, but I won't even go into that. This is what despoiled the quality of the movie, by I forgive Kramer for bringing such a larger than life, if a little bit excessive, action thriller to the table, one that repels at times, but only cause of it's themes. This movie is a great nights viewing. The climax where Walker's held face down on the icy ground of a ice skating rink, where his face is used as a human hockey puck, is very violent indeed, and climactic, and what use of location, than a ice rink. Running Scared is a prime example of what exciting action movies are made of. That's if you like shootouts and violence, but also if you wanna be weirded out a bit, too, where you may very well, find yourself drained out, at the end of this wild and exciting ride, that could have Tarantino, a touch envious.

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Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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Running Scared See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,075,000, 26 February 2006

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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