The Running Man

The Running Man

Carol Reed (1963)

PG Certificate


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This is one of those cinematic sleights of hand that only exceptional film-makers could hope to pull off. Armed with a clever script by John Mortimer (of Rumpole fame), director Carol Reed has managed to turn a thoroughly run-of-the-mill potboiler into a hugely entertaining three-handed thriller thanks to his unerring ability to conjure up atmosphere, the striking photography of Robert Krasker and the canny performances of his splendid cast. Laurence Harvey is gleefully extravagant as a cocky conman, Alan Bates doggedly decent as the insurance assessor on his trail and Lee Remick beguiling as the "widow" caught between them.


A pilot with a chip on his shoulder sets out to take revenge on a money-grubbing insurance company by faking his own death and moving to Spain on the payout. However, just when everything seems to be going swimmingly, an investigator turns up unannounced. Drama, starring Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick and Alan Bates.

Cast & Crew

Rex Black Laurence Harvey
Stephen Maddox Alan Bates
Stella Black Lee Remick
Parson Felix Aylmer
Hilda Tanner Eleanor Summerfield
Jenkins Allan Cuthbertson
Tom Webster Harold Goldblatt
Director Carol Reed
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray