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The Running Man (1987)

US 101m, Colour
Director: Paul Michael Glaser; Cast:   Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

Adapted from a 1982 Stephen King novel of the same name, The Running Man is a comical science fiction action film about a near future dystopian society where criminals are used as reluctant participants in a wildly popular television game show. As contestants, the spandex attired runners face the almost insurmountable task of escaping a series of professional gladiator-like stalkers who are armed with an array of high-tech weapons. As an ex-military commander convicted for disobeying orders to kill innocent civilians, the so-called Butcher of Bakersfield, played by Schwarzenegger, becomes the latest contestant on The Running Man. As the leading action hero of the 1980s, Schwarzenegger is at his peak in the delivery of cheesy one-liners and over-the-top violence in this tongue-in-cheek and entertaining action film (Klaus Ming June 2011).

 

2 comments on “The Running Man (1987)

  1. joem18b
    06/17/2011

    I watched this one again the other day and thought that it held up very well. I understand that Arnold is back. He was a lot more entertaining in the movies than he was in Sacramento.

    • Klaus
      06/20/2011

      It will be interesting to see how he re-invents himself. Considering his track record, I suspect that he’ll be successful.

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