The Running Man / 1987

The Running Man / 1987

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Directed by former Starsky and Hutch TV star Paul Michael Glaser, this post-apocalyptic science fiction yarn satirized American entertainment, mocking pro wrestling, game shows, and law-and-order reality programming. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a cop in the totalitarian America of 2019, framed for massacring rioting civilians during a famine. After escaping from jail, Richards tries to prove his innocence, but his efforts are thwarted at every turn by a regime in need of a scapegoat. Richards is captured along with an innocent civilian, Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso), and they are forced to participate in a violent game show called "The Running Man" hosted by the unctuous Damon Killian (Richard Dawson). The object of the game for Richards and Mendez: obtain freedom by staying alive against a gauntlet of skillful assassins like "Subzero" (Professor Toru Tanaka) and "Captain Freedom" (Jesse Ventura), each armed with unique weapons like razor-sharp hockey sticks and chainsaws. With the help of some fellow "contestants," Richards is able to tap into government computers and prove his innocence. The Running Man was very loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, who wrote it under the name Richard Bachman.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2013
UPC: 0887090054300
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 11,801

Special Features

New audio commentary with director Paul Michael Glaser

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso Amber Mendez
Richard Dawson Damon Killian, Running Man Game-Show Host
Yaphet Kotto Laughlin
Jim Brown Fireball, Stalker
Jesse Ventura Capt. Freedom
Erland Van Lidth Dynamo, Stalker
Marvin J. McIntyre Weiss
Gus Rethwisch Buzzsaw, Stalker
Toru Tanaka Subzero, Stalker
Mick Fleetwood Mic, Underground Resistance Leader
Dweezil Zappa Stevie, Mic's Son
Karen Leigh Hopkins Brenda, Damon's Assistant
Sven Ole Thorsen Sven
Kerry Brennan Dancer
Paula Jean Brown Dancer
Tony Brubaker Soldier
Rodger Bumpass Phil Hiton
Roger Bumpass Don Pardo
Edward Bunker Lenny
Mario Celario Barrio Foreman
Sidney Chankin Custodian
Franco Columbu 911 Security Officer
Jon Cutler Underground Tech
Jesse Captain Freedom Actor
Kurt Fuller Tony
Megan Gallivan Dancer
Wayne Grace 911 Security Officer
Donna Hardy Mrs. McArdle
Suzie Hardy Dancer
Sondra Holt Suzie Checkpoint
Melissa Hurley Dancer
John William James Barrio Bettor
Roger Kern Travel Pass Guard
Boyd Kestner Yuppie Yeller
Bryan Kestner Med Tech
Joel J. Kramer Soldier
Joe Leahy Orchestra Narrator
Ken Lerner Actor
Greg Lewis Locker Room Manager
Billy Lucas Soldier
Barbara Lux Elderly Lady
Bill Margolin Leon
Mary Ann Oedy Dancer
Kim Pawlik Newscaster
Anthony Penya Valdez
Charlie Phillips Teen-Age Punk
Tommy Rosales Chico
Lin Shaye Propaganda Officer
Lynne Stewart Edith Wiggins
George Wilbur Lt. Saunders
Dey Young Amy

Technical Credits
Paul Michael Glaser Director
Paula Abdul Choreography
Keith Barish Executive Producer
Richard G. Berger Set Decoration/Design
Robert Blackman Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackie Burch Casting
Burman Studio Makeup Special Effects
Chris Casady Special Effects
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Gary Daigler Production Manager
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Bennie E. Dobbins Stunts
Jim Duffy Set Decoration/Design
Harold Faltermeyer Score Composer
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Gutierrez Special Effects Supervisor
John Herzfeld Screenwriter
George Linder Producer
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Patton Set Decoration/Design
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
John Stoll Production Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
Mark Warner Editor
Edward Warschilka Editor
John Wright Editor
Tim Zinnemann Producer
Stephen King Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Running Man
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8

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The Running Man / 1987 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without doubt one of Arnold Schwarzeneggers most underated movies. It is actually really cool and i dont understand why people dont like it. Trust me, you will if you give it a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the way prisons should be run. Funny as it's before reality shows. This would make a great one. Inmates are put on the google box and told to run a maze. If they get to the end they get to live but first they have to live through the horrors of working a job. Streets smarts are key here. The best is that the kissing bandit richard dawson is the game show king.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually quite enjoyable to watch, as long as you're not expecting a deep story. Some of the dialogue is a bit stilted, but the characters are enjoyable. Dawson in particular makes the movie work, and the sendup of gameshows is a hoot. Some good bits are scattered throughout. The ending does degenerate into the usual shootout drivel. If you enjoy Arnold, Ventura, or Dawson in any of their other vehicles, this is worth a look.
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
A guy in the military is accused of a crime he did not commit. He is sent to a game show in an arena where guy aspire to terminate him. He is able to foil them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie isn't a very good one. For those of you who have read my review on total recall you heard me saw few movies i dislike. This is one.