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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.

Director:

Wayne Kramer

Writer:

Wayne Kramer
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Cast

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
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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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It's Not How Far You Go For The Truth. . . It's How Fast You Get There. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official site [Germany]

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Germany | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Scared See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Oleg says he listens to "Kvasha", this is a direct reference to not only the music type, but also Oleg Kvasha who first played for the NHL team Florida Panthers back in 1996. The first name "Oleg" also happens to be Cameron Bright's character's first-name: Oleg Yugorsky. See more »

Goofs

At the first shootout at the hotel, everyone is told to slide "whatever they are packing" under the bed. Joey slides his, and in the next shot his hand is still resting on the gun. See more »

Quotes

[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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End credits are animated. See more »

Connections

References Violent Naples (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Like Nelly
Written by David Hilker and John Costello
Performed by 2 Da Groove
Courtesy of Wild Whirled Music
Published by Music Whirled Publishing / Earthcake Publishing
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You'll be hooked within seconds
4 March 2006 | by Joseph StachlerSee all my reviews

I was a big fan of Tarantino after seeing "Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction". "Running Scared" is certainly in that same vein, and it also reminds me of John Woo's "The Killer". But where this film lacks the dialog of a Tarantino film, it is a lot more visually stylish than anything QT has ever done. There are great transitions, effective dynamic time warping (speed up or slow down a shot, like a bullet flying through the air), and if you thought Maynard, Zed, and the Gimp were bizarre in "Pulp Fiction", wait until you meet the creepy married couple who through their sick hobby make every other evil character in this film look like Buddhist Monks. It's a fast, furiously-paced film, certainly aptly titled. A great cast, beginning with Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga. And certainly the main kids stand their ground, especially Cameron Bright. Also worth mentioning is the end title sequence animated by Gary Hebert. Bottom line, if you were disappointed by films like "Kill Bill" and "Sin City", films you really wanted to like but found them too cartoonishly clichéd, you'll be more than satisfied with "Running Scared". It's sharp and engaging.


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