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The Running Man

R Released Nov 13, 1987 1h 41m Sci-Fi Action List
67% Tomatometer 48 Reviews 61% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction.

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Adam Nayman The Ringer However far away from the book's original vision the movie may stray, it ends up right in Arnold's wheelhouse, letting him dispatch a series of worthy rivals with aplomb. Sep 5, 2019 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Schwarzenegger sadistically dispatches the baddies, enunciating typical wisecrack remarks (many repeated from his previous films), but it's all too easy. Apr 30, 2008 Full Review Ian Nathan Empire Magazine A brainless, breathless thrill. Rated: 4/5 Apr 30, 2008 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies While it diverts greatly from the book by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King), this is an entertaining slice of 80s pop action. Rated: 3/4 Jan 27, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A particular kitschy piece of 80s Arnie action, with a great premise and some potent underlying themes limply handled. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 15, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review At odds with its own purpose, the movie condemns the exhibition of violence, and yet at every turn resolves to be the very thing it condemns. Rated: 2/4 Feb 22, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mooey H The Running Man blasts onto screens as a 5-star action extravaganza! Arnold Schwarzenegger dominates as Ben Richards, a wrongly convicted man forced into a deadly game show. This sci-fi actioner is pure 80s gold, packed with quotable lines ("I have bad memories of milk!") and explosive stunts. Get ready for killer humor, cheesy one-liners, and battles against iconic gladiators like Subzero and Fireball. A must-watch for action fans and anyone who appreciates a cheesy classic! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/24/24 Full Review James B A fine adaptation of Stephen King this has action and the best fight and Arnold is just perfect in this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review Líder7reynier Á The running man is a good adaptation from Stephen King novel my score for this movie is 9.2/10 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/18/24 Full Review Howard H 80's action filming at its best. Themes relevant today, cracking 80's soundtrack, haircuts and group acting. The last extra feature on the special edition DVD is very informative viewing about the Patriot Act 2001. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Jeff M I love the concept of this movie, and as much as I despise the number of remakes that pop up at the cinema every year, I would love to see someone take this and make a really biting expose of reality television and the role media plays in virtually every aspect of our lives. What makes this disappointing is that the filmmakers here didn't seem to know the potential of what they had in their hands and decided to make an average ho-hum action movie! Nothing horrible here, but also nothing excellent. Arnold obviously won't be remembered as a great actor, but his performance here is more wooden than usual. Alonso is given the requisite throwaway female role and is suitable irritating. On the plus side, Dawson is actually pretty awesome here and EASILY walks away with the movie. Playing a game show host is obviously not a stretch, but you can tell he's milking this opportunity for all its worth. The best moments of the film are centered around Dawson. Action and fight scenes are fair, and there are thankfully very few witty one-liners when the characters face death - my action movie pet peeve. This is a rainy day time killer - nothing more. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review Alejandro E From the 80s, in which films with Arnold S. were the daily bread, this one, set in a dystopian future, does not have the power of what he did best: Conan the Barbarian, Terminator, Predator. The most, the least works for a rainy afternoon. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.
Director
Paul Michael Glaser
Producer
George Linder, Tim Zinnemann
Screenwriter
Steven E. de Souza
Distributor
TriStar Pictures
Production Co
TAFT Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO)
Rating
R
Genre
Sci-Fi, Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 13, 1987, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 6, 2014
Box Office (Gross USA)
$38.0M
Runtime
1h 41m
Sound Mix
Surround
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