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The Running Man

1987

Paul Michael Glaser
Director
TriStar Pictures
Studio

After being framed for murder, Arnie is sent to - and prompty escapes from a maximum security institution. He is soon recaptured, then is hand-picked by the corrupt organiser of a popular tv show to compete in a brutal game against all the odds. He, along with his friends are then thrown into a 'zone' where they must battle against heavily-armed foes for their survival.
Based on a story written by Stephen King (under the name of Richard Bachman).

-Lord Heath

What seemed like a far-fetched fantasy when it was released now seems more relevant than ever a quarter century on thanks to things like the Patriot Act, SOPA, and the advent of "reality" television. There is inevitably a bit of Eighties cheese clinging to the film: railing kills, one-liners, big hair and a synth score, but it succeeds due to Arnie's charm, Dawson's marvelous amount of smarm, and some sly wit. Of course, the message that you shouldn't trust what you see onscreen will always be relevant.

Amusing now to see a 'future' where people still listen to cassette tapes and talk on corded phones, but you do have to admire any film which delivers a heartfelt performance from the drummer for Fleetwood Mac...

New screenshots are from BluRay, which although grainy, is a million times better quality than the lousy DVD release.

-Dave W.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
13th November 1987
Cinema

101
1.85:1
21st October 1988
Cinema

101
1.85:1

Amazon
9th February 2010
Blu-Ray

101
1.78:1



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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ben Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso
Amber Mendez
Yaphet Kotto
William Laughlin
Jim Brown
Fireball
Jesse Ventura
Captain Freedom
Erland van Lidth
Dynamo
Marvin J. McIntyre
Harold Weiss
Bernard Gus Rethwisch
Buzzsaw
(as Gus Rethwisch)
Toru Tanaka
Subzero
(as Professor Toru Tanaka)
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
Court-Appointed Theatrical Agent
(as Kenneth Lerner)
Dey Young
Amy
Rodger Bumpass
Phil Hilton
(as Roger Bumpass)
Donna Hardy
Mrs. McArdle
(as Dona Hardy)
Lynne Marie Stewart
Edith Wiggins
Bill Margolin
Leon
Tony Brubaker
Soldier #1
(as Anthony Brubaker)
Joel Kramer
Soldier #2
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
Mario Celario
Barrio Foreman #2
Sidney Chankin
Dan the Custodian
Kim Pawlik
Newscaster
Roger Kern
Travel Pass Guard
Barbara Lux
Elderly Lady
Franco Columbu
911 Security Officer #2
Lin Shaye
Propaganda Officer
Boyd Kestner
Yuppie Yeller
(as Boyd R. Kestner)
Wayne Grace
911 Security Officer #1
Charlie Phillips
Teenage Punk
Greg Lewis
Locker Room Manager
John William James
Barrio Bettor
Jon Cutler
Underground Tech
Kerry Brennan
Dancer
Paula Brown
Dancer
Megan Gallivan
Dancer
Suzie Hardy
Dancer
Debby Harris
Dancer
Melissa Hurley
Dancer
Marlene Lange
Dancer
Morgan Lawley
Dancer
Cindy Millican
Dancer
Andrea Moen
Dancer
Mary Ann Hermansen
Dancer
(as Mary Ann Oedy)
Karen Owens
Dancer
Sharon Owens
Dancer
Pamela Rossi
Dancer
Mia Togo
Dancer
Unknown
Dead Convict
Kenny Bates
Convict
(uncredited)
Unknown
Resistance Member
Unknown
Makeup Guy
Larry Holt
Airport Security
(uncredited)
Unknown
Irate Lady at Airport
Shawn Lane
Med Tech
(uncredited)
Mel Scott-Thomas
Airport Security
Paul M. Lane
"Climbing for Dollars" Contestant
(uncredited)
Jeff Jensen
ICS Suit
(uncredited)
Unknown
Production Tech
John-Clay Scott
Security Guard
(uncredited)
Erik Cord
Backstage Guard
(uncredited)
Unknown
Production Tech
Tom Elliott
Security Guard Shot by Amber
(uncredited)

Lord Heath: Notes
Dave Wright: Blu-Ray Screencaps & Notes
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