The Running Man details
|Starring:||Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland Van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre, Gus Rethwisch, Prof. Toru Tanaka|
|Director:||Paul Michael Glaser|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats|
The Running Man
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Aug 2009|
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TOP MOVIE !!!By a customer from GLASGOW , 31 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]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' (Prof. 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
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They dont make em like they used toBy TheWatchman (518 reviews) from Suburbia , 08 Jul 2012The Running Man is a classic classic Arnie, classic action and classic everything.
Its about Ben Richards, a cop in a dystopian future whos framed for a crime he didnt commit (arent they all?) and forced to star on a futuristic game show called The Running Man where prisoners are hunted down and killed in front of a live studio audience.
Its a simple plot and copied quite a few times (the latest being The Hunger Games, which follows the same format), but it works perfectly. Arnie is on top form if you like his particular brand of acting, i. e. he beats the hell out of, or kills, anyone who stands in his way then follows it up with a glib (and pretty cheesy) wise-crack.
I looked The Running Man up online after Id watched it and, its fair to say, that people like to make fun of the million or so plot holes in the film. Yet, even though people like to point them out, very few actually find they detract from the overall enjoyment of the movie.
In short, its great. Stupid yes, but great. Put you mind on hold and watch what Arnie does best (which isnt politics) and dream of the day when TV has reached this stage, i. e. where X-Factor judges are hunted down with chainsaws for the enjoyment of us at home.
Schwarzenegger's on fine running form.By vidmon (55 reviews) , 19 May 2012Twenty-Five years before the Hunger Games set the critical world alight. There was this dystopian actioner starring a certain Arnold Schwarzenneger.
The plot is this The Running Man is a TV show where contestants mainly criminals fight for their lives against the Stalkers.
The film has some really 80s costumes, some really bad dialogue especially Schwarzenneger's one liners. Yet this a much more entertaining film than the recent release 'The Hunger Games'
And brilliantly realised. Definitely a cult 80s classic.
Good but a bit dustyBy orangeseed (54 reviews) from London , 03 Apr 2012I remember enjoying this film when I first watched it some 15 years ago, but now it looks like a hopelessly outdated depiction of the future (almost present) from the 1980s. To enjoy it more take yourself 25 years back and imagine you never heard Arni saying 'I'll be back'. It's a good story though and a lot of action so would be great in a remake.
an alright filmBy cheesekake (1310 reviews) from uk , 19 Mar 2012hasnt got our arnie at his best in this film, but it is unique and good and started a whole load of films on the same sorta lines
worthy of a look
HEY, CHRISTMAS TREE!!By Y2Dan (10 reviews) from Sittingbourne , 19 Jun 2011Classic Arnie movie! Full of cheesy Arnie puns that never get old. I needed to see this film again as it was something playing back in my mind from my childhood. Glad I've watched it again!