The Running Man

  • 18
  • Paul Michael Glaser (1987)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Given TV's increasingly desperate search for new programme formats, this futuristic blockbuster about a game show where a pumped-up audience bays for the blood of convicts on a lethal combat course isn't so far-fetched. Arnold Schwarzenegger, busy consolidating his position as the number one action star of the 1980s, plays the former police helicopter pilot who is forced into the game of death when he rebels against his totalitarian superiors. It's a long way from the original Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) novel, but Schwarzenegger gets to do what he does best - destroying baddies with a quip - and director Paul Michael Glaser - fondly remembered for his role in Starsky and Hutch - handles the action sequences with some panache. Maria Conchita Alonso plays Arnie's reluctant partner, while Richard Dawson steals the acting honours as the slimeball game-show host.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi action thriller, based on the novel by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 21st century, America is under totalitarian rule. Ben Richards, a Los Angeles police helicopter pilot, is framed for mass murder by the authorities and sent to a detention centre. But Richards's determination to escape leads to his participation in TV's deadliest show, The Running Man.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ben Richards
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Amber Mendez
Maria Conchita Alonso
Laughlin
Yaphet Kotto
Fireball
Jim Brown
Captain Freedom
Jesse Ventura
Dynamo
Erland Van Lidth
Weiss
Marvin J McIntyre
Buzzsaw
Gus Rethwisch
Professor Subzero
Professor Toru Tanaka
Mic
Mick Fleetwood
Stevie
Dweezil Zappa
Damon Killian
Richard Dawson

Crew

Director
Paul Michael Glaser

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama