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The Running Man (1987)
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The Running Man (1987) The year is 2017. The world economy has collapsed. The United States has sealed off it's borders and has become a military controlled police state which controls TV, movies, art, books, communication and censorship. In the police state America has become, criminals have a choice. They can serve their sentences in prison or they can take part in "The Running Man" a government owned violent game-show where contestants running for freedom are pursued by "Stalkers" wrestler-like bounty hunters. "The Running Man" is the top rating show on network TV and Damon Killian, the creator and host is the most popular entertainer in the US. But one man has yet to play... Former L.A. police officer Ben Richards, framed for the massacre of innocent people, when disobeyed orders is recaptured, after escaping from prison. Ben is forced to appear on "The Running Man", joined by resistance fighters William Laughlin and Harold Weiss and Amber Mendez, (a network employee who Richards took hostage and she turned Richards into the authorities) are chased by The Stalkers, as they search for the secret base of the resistance, as they bid to broadcast the truth about the government and prove Ben's innocence.

Movie Tagline:
The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives.

Title: Running Man, The
Release Date: November 13, 1987
Runtime: 101 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

MPAA Rating: R

Paul Michael Glaser

Arnold Schwarzenegger ...Ben Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso ...Amber Mendez
yaphet Kotto ...William Laughlin
Jim Brown ...Fireball
Jesse Ventura ...Captain Freedom
Erland van Lidth ...Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...Harold Weiss
Gus Rethwisch ...Buzzsaw (as Bernard Gus Rethwisch)
Professor Toru Tanaka ...Subzero
Mick Fleetwood ...Mic
Dweezil Zappa ...Stevie
Richard Dawson ...Damon Killian
Karen Leigh Hopkins ...Brenda
Sven Ole Thorsen ...Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
Edward Bunker ...Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
Bryan Kestner ...Med Tech
Anthony Pena ...Valdez (as Anthony Penya)
Kurt Fuller ...Tony
Ken Lerner ...Agent (as Kenneth Lerner)
Dey young ...Amy
Rodger Bumpass ...Phil Hiton (as Roger Bumpass)
Donna Hardy ...Mrs. McArdle
Lynne Marie Stewart ...Edith Wiggins
Bill Margolin ...Leon
Tony Brubaker ...Soldier #1 (as Anthony Brubaker)
Billy D. Lucas ...Soldier #3 (as Billy Lucas)
George P. Wilbur ...Lieutenant Saunders
Thomas Rosales Jr. ...Chico (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Sondra Holt ...Suzie Checkpoint
Daniel Celario ...Barrio Foreman #1

» [more cast members]

Keith Barish
Rob Cohen
George Linder
Tim Zinnemann

Stephen King
Steven E. de Souza

Harold Faltermeyer

The Running Man Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"(Restless Heart) Running Away With You"
"The Death March"
"Paula's Theme"

More Movie Taglines:
  • The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives.
  • Welcome to America in 2025, when the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives.
  • A game nobody survives. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play.
  • It is the year 2017. "The Running Man" is a deadly game no one has ever survived. But..... Schwarzenegger has yet to play.
  • 2019. A game nobody survives. This year might be the exception.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Damon Killian: This is television, that's all it is. It has nothing to do with people, it's to do with ratings! For fifty years, we've told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear... for Christ's sake, Ben, don't you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it. Listen. They love game shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence. So what do we do? We give 'em *what they want*! We're number one, Ben, that's all that counts, believe me. I've been in the business for thirty years. Ben Richards: Well, I may not have been in show business for as long as you have. But I'm a quick learner. And right now, I'm going to give the audience what *I* think they want.
  • [Referring to dead bodies] Amber: They're running men. Last season's winners. Fireball: No. Last season's losers.
  • Ben Richards: I'm not into politics. I'm into survival.
  • Amber: I warn you I get sick. Car sick, air sick. And I'm going to throw up all over *you*. Richards: Go for it. Won't show on this shirt...
  • [Damon Killian is talking to the operator on the telephone] Damon Killian: Hello, this is Killian. Give me the Justice Department, Entertainment Division.
Movie Trivia:
  • Game show host Damon Killian is played by Richard Dawson, long-time host of the American game show "Family Feud" (1976).
  • Actor Trademark: [Arnold Schwarzenegger] "I'll be back!"
  • Prior to Paul Michael Glaser being hired as director, executive producer Rob Cohen had hired four other directors in his attempts to make the movie. The first was George P. Cosmatos, who had impressed Cohen with his work on Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). However, when Cosmatos announced that he wanted to relocate the entire film to a shopping mall, Cohen let him go, feeling that Cosmatos was taking the script in an unacceptable direction. Cohen next offered the project to German director Carl Schenkel, having been impressed with Abwärts (1984), but Schenkel turned him down as he didn't feel comfortable taking on such a large project. Next, Cohen hired Ferdinand Fairfax, based upon his work on Nate and Hayes (1983). Like Cosmatos however, Fairfax began to take the screenplay in a direction which Cohen disliked, so once again, he let him go. Cohen then turned to Andrew Davis, having enjoyed Davis' movie Code of Silence (1985). Davis actually got the project off the ground and into production, but only eight days into the shoot, he was already $8 million over budget and four days behind schedule. As such Cohen let Davis go, and ultimately hired Glaser, whom he had worked with on the first season of "Miami Vice" (1984).
  • This film is loosely based on a novel written by Stephen King that he penned under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. He wrote the story in 72 hours.
  • Features two actors who went on to be US State Governors. In November 1998, Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota; in October 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.
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