The Running Man

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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.

  1. Stephen King


  2. Paul Michael Glaser


  3. Steven E. de Souza


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  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Ben Richards

  2. Richard Dawson

    Richard Dawson

    Damon Killian

  3. María Conchita Alonso

    María Conchita Alonso

    Amber Mendez

  4. Yaphet Kotto

    Yaphet Kotto

    William Laughlin

  5. Jim Brown

    Jim Brown


  6. Jesse Ventura

    Jesse Ventura

    Captain Freedom

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $38,122,105.00

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Release Information

  • November 13, 1987
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By 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 relucta... read the rest.

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