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Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ben Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso Maria Conchita Alonso
Amber Mendez
Yaphet Kotto Yaphet Kotto
William Laughlin
Jim Brown Jim Brown
Fireball
Jesse Ventura Jesse Ventura
Captain Freedom
Marvin J. McIntyre Marvin J. McIntyre
Harold Weiss
Gus Rethwisch Gus Rethwisch
Buzzsaw


Written by
Steven E. de Souza Steven E. de Souza
(screenplay)


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One of the most definitive Arnie movies

8 years ago at Nov 26 10:48
6 votes
"I'm not into politics. I'm into survival. "

Mere months following the release of Predator in mid-1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger was back in action for The Running Man; a fast-paced, futuristic action movie which takes a satiric poke at TV, greed, social injustice, and America's preoccupation with violence and game shows. Based rather loosely on the novella by Stephen King (under the p... read more

He had to split.

9 years, 7 months ago at Apr 20 0:52
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Undoubtedly one of Arnie's finest. The Running Man takes place in a dystopian future where violent game shows are regularly screened to the baying populace in an attempt to appease to oppressed. Arnies' character, Ben Richards, is a police helicopter pilot who nobly refuses to gun down hoards of unarmed civilians in a downtown food riot. He is swiftly overpowered by his colleagues (yeah right) who... read more

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3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 7 4:57
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I have been wanting to see this, but haven't had the chance yet. I love Stephen King and his stories are always fun to watch on the big screen. I'm a little skeptical seeing that Starsky and Hutch actor Paul Michael Glaser is the director though. It does have a pretty cast put together. It isn't the first story of it's kind and it's not the last. We have had Death Race, The Condemned, and even Gam... read more
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A wrongly-convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a TV game show.
Release date: 13 November 1987
UPC: 017153584127
Tags: Action (38), Sci-fi (31), Thriller (17), Future (15), 1980s (13), 1987 (13), Dystopia (12), Gameshow (7), Game Show (7), Adventure (7), Escape (6), Revenge (6), Science Fiction (6), Framed (6), Based On Novel (6), Fight To The Death (5), Usa (5), Explosions (5), Cops (5), Pursuit (4)
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" When this premiered people thought this was another stupid Arnold movie with a strange science fiction vibe, but this movie has matured into a great social commentary on game shows and reality-shows long before it became a popular trend on TV. It is pretty underrated really and especially the first half of the movie is great. The only thing is that Stephen King's original book was even better with an ending that today would have hit too much at home and would have been unfathomable to film now"


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