The Running Man

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Braveworld Productions Released 1987

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Director:
Paul Michael Glaser
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

The film portrays a dystopian future, taking place in the year 2019 where America has become a police state with heavy censorship and government control over the media. The government uses television to entertain the masses, with the most popular series being "The Running Man." In this sadistic game show, convicted criminals are filmed as they try to escape from deadly assassins. Ben Richards, a man wrongfully accused of murder who is forced into competing on the deadly show, along with two of his friends, Richards struggles to survive the professional and well-armed killers sent after him, while at the same time attempting to communicate to the world the truth of his innocence and expose the government's corruption.

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The one element in the movie that is not standard and that does have some energy is the TV show itself, with Dawson's performance as the egotistical, sleaze-bag host.

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Dawson, though, burrows into his role with all the zeal of a perennial second banana recognizing the opportunity of a lifetime. It's the one naturalistic performance in this cartoo...

  • 25

    Miami Herald Hal Boedeker

    Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest, The Running Man, is a septic tank of a movie. This atrocious futuristic drama forms a dumping ground for bad acting, derivative writing and stomach-...

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    • Production Budget - $30,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $38,122,105 (30th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2012 - $79,559,176

    • Other production companies:
      HBO
      Keith Barish Productions
      TAFT Entertainment Pictures
      TriStar (distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Los Angeles, California
      Paramount, California

    • Taglines:
      1. The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives.
      2. Welcome to America in 2025, when the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives.
      3. 2019. A game nobody survives. This year might be the exception.
      4.
      5. It is the year 2017. "The Running Man" is a deadly game no one has ever survived. But..... Schwarzenegger has yet to play.
      6. A game nobody survives. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play.

    • Music:
      The Ride of The Valkyries(from The Valkyries)
      Music by Richard Wagner
      (Restless Heart) Running Away With You
      Music and Lyrics by Harold Faltermeyer and John Parr
      Performed by John Parr
      The Death March
      Written and Produced by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee
      Performed by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee
      Paula's Theme
      Written and Produced by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee
      Performed by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee
      Theme from Gilligan's Island
      By Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle

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