The Running Man


The Running Man

Overview:

By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.

Votes 696 (6.4/10)

Runtime: 101 minutes

Release Date 1987-11-13

Budget: $27,000,000.00

Revenue: $38,122,105.00

Tagline: A game nobody survives. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play.

Production company:

  • Keith Barish Productions
  • TAFT Entertainment Pictures
  • HBO
  • Braveworld Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Science Fiction

Trailer

Further Information

Ben Richards
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Damon Killian
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson
Amber Mendez
María Conchita Alonso
María Conchita Alonso
William Laughlin
Yaphet Kotto
Yaphet Kotto
Fireball
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
Captain Freedom
Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura
Dynamo
Erland van Lidth
Erland van Lidth
Harold Weiss
Marvin J. McIntyre
Marvin J. McIntyre
Buzzsaw
Gus Rethwisch
Gus Rethwisch
Subzero
Professor Tanaka
Professor Tanaka
Mic
Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
911 Security Officer
Franco Columbu
Franco Columbu
Sven
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Stevie
Dweezil Zappa
Dweezil Zappa
Brenda
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Lenny
Edward Bunker
Edward Bunker
Director
Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser
Author
Stephen King
Stephen King
Author
Steven E. de Souza
Steven E. de Souza
Producer
George Linder
George Linder
Producer
Tim Zinnemann
Tim Zinnemann
Original Music Composer
Vassal Benford
Vassal Benford
Original Music Composer
Harold Faltermeyer
Harold Faltermeyer
Director of Photography
Thomas Del Ruth
Thomas Del Ruth
Editor
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
Editor
John Wright
John Wright
Production Design
Jack T. Collis
Jack T. Collis
Executive Producer
Keith Barish
Keith Barish
Executive Producer
Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen
Editor
Edward A. Warschilka
Edward A. Warschilka
Casting
Jackie Burch
Jackie Burch
Costume Design
Robert Blackman
Robert Blackman
Makeup Department Head
Jeff Dawn
Jeff Dawn
Sound Recordist
Jack Keller
Jack Keller

John Chard

I'm not into politics. I'm into survival. The Running Man is directed by Paul Michael Glaser and adapted from the Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) story by Steven E. de Souza. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre, Gus Rethwisch, Professor Toru Tanaka and Mick Fleetwood. Music is by Harold Faltermeyer and cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth. It may be packed with cheese, but this is one great and astutely entertaining futuristic slice of sci-fi pie. Schwarzenegger becomes a reluctant contestant in the most popular TV show of the time, The Running Man. It's a sadistic show where convicts are thrust into a zonal world and have to avoid an array of stalking killers. Cue lots of outrageous violence, equally outrageous costumes, and of course with Arnold in the lead there's plenty of dialogue zingers. The caustic observation of how television programmes have evolved is potently portentous, and it's all played out to an industrial 80s score from Faltermeyer. It helps if you know what you are going to get from it, because it's a typical Schwarzenegger movie of the era, thus it's very much one for his fans to lap up with glee. 7/10

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