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The Running Man

101 min
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller
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Paul Michael Glaser
1 win & 4 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1987-11-13
Filming Locations: Sony Pictures Plaza, Culver City, California, USA
Budget: $27,000,000
Opening Weekend: $8,117,465 (USA) (17 July 2012)
Gross: $38,122,105 (USA) (17 July 2012)
Maria Conchita Alonso
Maria Conchita Alonso
The Running Man
Gus Rethwisch
Gus Rethwisch
The Running Man
Erland van Lidth
Erland van Lidth
The Running Man
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ben Richards
Yaphet Kotto
William Laughlin
Jim Brown
Jesse Ventura
Captain Freedom
Marvin J. McIntyre
Harold Weiss
Professor Toru Tanaka
Mick Fleetwood
Dweezil Zappa
Richard Dawson
Damon Killian
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
Edward Bunker
Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
Bryan Kestner
Med Tech
Anthony Pena
Kurt Fuller
Ken Lerner
Agent (as Kenneth Lerner)
Dey Young
Rodger Bumpass
Phil Hilton (voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
Donna Hardy
Mrs. McArdle (as Dona Hardy)
Lynne Marie Stewart
Edith Wiggins (as Lynne Stewart)
Bill Margolin
Tony Brubaker
Soldier #1 (as Anthony Brubaker)
Joel Kramer
Soldier #2
Billy D. Lucas
Soldier #3 (as Billy Lucas)
Thomas Rosales Jr.
Chico (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Sondra Holt
Suzie Checkpoint
Daniel Celario
Barrio Foreman #1
Mario Celario
Barrio Foreman #2
Sidney Chankin
Kim Pawlik
Roger Kern
Travel Pass Guard
Barbara Lux
Elderly Lady
Lin Shaye
Propaganda Officer
Boyd Kestner
Yuppie Yeller (as Boyd R. Kestner)
Wayne Grace
911 Security Officer #1
Charlie Phillips
Teenage Punk
Greg Lewis
Manager Locker Room
John William James
Barrio Bettor
Jon Cutler
Underground Tech
Kerry Wall
Dancer (as Kerry Brennan)
Paula Brown
Megan Gallivan
Suzie Hardy
Debby Harris
Melissa Hurley
Marlene Lange
Morgan Lawley
Cindy Millican
Andrea Moen
Mary Ann Hermansen
Dancer (as Mary Ann Oedy)
Karen Owens
Sharon Owens
Pamela Rossi
Mia Togo
Maureen Flaherty
Sandy Holt
Woman in Airport (uncredited)
Jeff Jensen
Jon McBride
Locker Room Viewer (uncredited)
Mel Scott-Thomas
Did you know?
One of only four movies featuring two United States governors with roles as actors (not "self" credits).
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Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary American composer Frank Zappa, has only two lines in the movie: "Don't touch that dial!", that being one of his father's most famous lyrics from the song "I am the Slime" (from the album "Over-nite Sensation", 1973), and "Psst... you guys wanna buy a hot stereo?... Laughlin!, glad you guys made it." during the beginning of the film
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The film inspired TV's "American Gladiators".
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A springboard launches Ben when Dynamo shoots with a lightning bolt.
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In the uncensored version of the Bakersfield massacre, it shows the man knocking out Ben with his gun from Ben's point-of-view, which is not a view the camera could see from.
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Flipped shot: When Ben is fighting Buzzsaw, the name on Ben's jumpsuit moves to the other side and is mirrored.
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Airport announcer: Flights to Tutuville and Mandelaburg are arriving on time... Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Dynamo: Come to me, my love.
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Damon Killian: Brenda, if that ass hole is mopping the floor tomorrow, you'll be mopping it for the rest of the week.
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Ben Richards: I told Killian I'd be back. I wouldn't want to be a liar.
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What's the difference between the film and the book?
This film is based VERY loosely on the novel of the same name. Specific differences include: The novel takes place in the year 2025. This film takes place in 2019, according to the DVD cover, two years after the collapse of world economy in 2017 advertised following the film title sequence. While this film takes place in California, the novel takes place on the Northeastern Coast of the United States, tracing Richards from Co-Op City, New York to Boston, Massachusetts; from Boston to Manchester, New Hampshire; and from Manchester to Portland and Derry, Maine (the former being Stephen King's hometown, the latter being the fictional primary setting for King's novels It, Dreamcatcher, "Insomnia," and "Bag of Bones"); then from Derry back to New York. Richards enters the game willingly as opposed to being forced to, in order to acquire money for his ailing infant daughter. He is deemed an enemy of the state and receives a hundred dollars for every hour he stays alive over a period of thirty days, an additional hundred for every law enforcement officer or "Hunter" (not "Stalker") he kills, and one billion in "New Dollars" (worth far more than original American dollars). As opposed to being confined to the site of an earthquake in California in the film, Richards can travel anywhere in the world to evade the Hunters, but must videotape two messages per day and courier them to the Games Network or forfeit his money. Richards, a Caucasian male, shows signs of racism early on in the novel, but is taken in by the Throckmortons, an African American family in Boston, and after he is told of the situations the government forces them to live in, decides to help them. Laughlin is a Caucasian, and enters the tournament willingly as does Richards. Laughlin eventually meets his end in Topeka, Kansas, where police burn the shed he hides in. Dan Killian (called Damon Killian in the film) is an African American. Killian is also the producer of "The Running Man," not the host. Unlike in the film, the only Hunter mentioned by name in the novel is Evan McCone, the chief Hunter, who is eventually shot dead by Richards. While in Boston, Richards escapes his pursuers by setting fire to a YMCA he is hiding in and narrowly escapes through a sewer pipe. The resulting fire kills five police officers. The ending is far more dire in the novel than in the film. In Derry, Maine, Richards carjacks a woman named Amelia Williams and makes his way to Derry's airport, hijacking a plane, where he also takes McCone hostage. As with in the film, Richards is given the chance to become leader Hunter (much to McCone's chagrin) by Killian, though unlike in the film, he accepts. He is later given the terrible news that both his wife and daughter had been killed even before he had even first appeared on "The Running Man," giving him time to ponder the offer more. Feeling he has nothing left to lose, Richards overpowers the flight crew and kills McCone, but is mortally wounded in the process. Setting Williams free via a parachute, Richards makes a suicide run on the Games Building in New York, killing Killian and everybody inside.
Although this film is futuristic, why is Amber's apartment filled with cassette tapes in the closet?
The Running Man was filmed in 1986. The Compact Disc had only been first developed in 1982, four years prior, and CD technology was still in its infancy. Rather than create, and spend large amounts of money on, props to show a mere 33 years of progress, they decided to simply stick with as much existing technology as they could, which at the time, still included cassette tapes for music.
What Did Stephen King think of the film?
King describes the book's protagonist, Ben Richards, as "scrawny" and "pre-tubercular". King also added that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played Ben Richards in the film adaptation of The Running Man, portrayed the character very differently than he wrote about him in the book, saying that Richards (in the book) was " far away from the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in the movie as you can get."
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Photos from cast
Maria Conchita Alonso Franco Columbu Gus Rethwisch Erland van Lidth George P. Wilbur
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