in about 100 words or less
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).