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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joey Gazelle
... Oleg Yugorsky
... Teresa Gazelle
... Detective Rydell
... Anzor Yugorsky
... Tommy 'Tombs' Perello
... Mila Yugorsky
... Nicky Gazelle
... Sal 'Gummy Bear' Franzone
... Dez
... Edele
... Frankie Perello (as Arthur Nascarella)
... Ivan Yugorsky
... Divina
... Lester the Pimp
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Storyline

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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Every bullet leaves a trail See more »


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

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24 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,381,974, 26 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,855,137, 2 April 2006
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A mini comic book adaptation drawn by PJ Loughran was included in the Region 1 DVD releases by New Line Home Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

When the hooker takes Oleg into the drug store for a new inhaler, he asks for Beclovent. The Pharmacist even says, "Yeah, I know." Beclovent is an inhaled cortecosteroid, not a rescue inhaler. It is of no use during an acute asthma attack (which the pharmacist would know) and is no longer being manufactured in an inhaler form. See more »

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

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Referenced in A Bird in the Bush (2008) See more »

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Guillotine Tactics
Written by Ulpiano Reyes, Lanny Cordola and Louis Freeze
Performed by Mellow Man Ace featuring B-Real & Profound
From the album "From the Darkness into the Light"
Used by permission from Media Creature Music o/b/o Latin Connection Music
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records/Latin Connection Music
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Pure Action
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

The gangster Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is in charge of getting rid of the guns that killed dirty cops in a transaction of drugs between Italian mobsters and Afro-Americans. However, Joey hides the guns in the basement of his house instead of throwing in the river, and his ten years old son Nicky (Alex Neuberger) and his best friend Oleg Yugorsky (Cameron Bright) witness Joey hiding the gun. When Oleg's abusive stepfather Anzor Yugorsky (Karel Roden) beats his mother Mila (Ivana Milicevic), Oleg steals the weapon from the basement and shoots Anzor, running away home with the gun. Along the night, Joey, the Russian and the Italian mobster and the dirty cops chase the little boy trying to retrieve the gun and disclose who ordered the boy to shoot his stepfather.

"Running Scared" is a great surprise and pure action, recalling the style of "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs". The camera work is stylish and amazing, and the gore story in spite of having many clichés is engaging with great lines. Paul Walker is excellent in this type of role, and I particularly loved the scene of Teresa Gazelle (Vera Farmiga) with the two pornographers, when she calls 911. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "No Rastro da Bala" ("In the Tail of the Bullet")


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