The Running Man (1987) is an American science fiction action, crime movie that is loosely based on the Stephen King novel, The Running Man (1982). The movie was 101 minutes, and every bit of it was entertaining. Director Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch (1975), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Fiddler on the Roof (1971)) did a phenomenal job directing this movie. The Running Man takes place between the year 2017 - 2019 in a dystopian America and revolves around a television show called The Running Man. The Running Man game is about convicted criminal/runners that have to escape death from professional killers. The economic system collapsed in 2017 and the police officers began censoring all cultural activity. The government is trying to keep everything in order and not resulting in total chaos by airing the TV show about the convicted criminals fighting to save their lives.
Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), Pumping Iron (1977)) is a police pilot that was convicted of a massacre that he did not do. He managed to escape from the camp and hid at his brother’s apartment. Upon arriving at his brother’s apartment, he met Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso - Saints & Sinners (2007), The House of the Spirits (1993), Predator 2 (1990)) who is now living there. Amber is a composer for ICS. ICS is a network that broadcasts The Running Man. Amber informs Ben that his brother was taken for re-education and soon after Ben was captured and taken to ICS. Host Damon Killian (Richard Dawson - Hogan’s Heroes (1965), Family Feud (1976), Treasure Island (1973)) convinced Ben to be a runner so that his friends do not have to. Killian lied to Ben and the movie was awesomely interesting from this point on. Ben killed the first stalker, Subzero, first time ever in the game. Ben has a long way to go but will his friends make it in this battle? Will Amber be able to escape captivity and free them? What will be the outcome of the movie?
The Running Man is an old movie that I will watch again and again. It is a classic in my book and makes a great movie to watch with open minded action fans. I love the sets, sounds, acting and the and camera action. The actors all did a fantastic job with their roles and could not have been more realistic than it was. They did not overact like most characters do in today’s modern movies.
About The Running Man (1987)
Starring: Lin Shaye, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas Rosales Jr., Maria Conchita Alonso, Sven-Ole Thorsen, George P. Wilbur, Kurt Fuller, Greg Lewis, Joel Kramer, Rodger Bumpass, Billy D. Lucas, Jesse Ventura, Yaphet Kotto, Franco Columbu, Jim Brown, Wayne Grace, Jon McBride, Jeff Jensen, Gus Rethwisch, Bryan Kestner, Marvin J. McIntyre, Donna Hardy, Professor Toru Tanaka, Lynne Marie Stewart, Dweezil Zappa, Boyd Kestner, Mel Scott-Thomas, Ken Lerner, Andrea Moen, Sidney Chankin
Director: Paul Michael Glaser