The Running Man (1987) Movie Review

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The Running Man (1987)

1987 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
101 minutes / 1h 41min

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The Running Man Plot Synopsis:

In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sad**tic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is captured once again and forced to appear on "The Running Man" with three other convicts. With their help, he fights his way through a cadre of sad**tic gladiators hunting them down through the ruins of a Los Angeles earthquake, but not promising Killian that he'll return to settle the score when the show's host double-crosses him. In the meantime, the contestants must search through the ruins for the resistance in the hopes of finally broadcasting the truth about the government.

The Running Man (1987) Review

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.

  • The Running Man Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.59
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 4.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3

About The Running Man 1987

Title: The Running Man
Year: 1987
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 126,678 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 126,678
MPAA Rating: R
The Running Man Cast Starring: Lin Shaye, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas Rosales Jr., Sven-Ole Thorsen, George P. Wilbur, Maria Conchita Alonso, Joel Kramer, Kurt Fuller, Rodger Bumpass, Greg Lewis, Yaphet Kotto, Wayne Grace, Jim Brown, Billy D. Lucas, Franco Columbu, Jesse Ventura, Boyd Kestner, Lynne Marie Stewart, Dona Hardy, Mel Scott-Thomas, Ken Lerner, Bryan Kestner, Dey Young, Donna Hardy, Megan Gallivan, Bill Margolin, Suzie Hardy, Sheree Ali, Tony Brubaker, Debby Harris
The Running Man Writers: Stephen King, Steven E. de Souza
The Running Man Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Production: Vestron Video
Language: English
Country: USA