The Running Man

The Running Man

Paul Michael Glaser (1987)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
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.


A helicopter pilot is framed for the murder of starving civilians - and ends up being forced to take part in a brutal TV game show in which a succession of gadget-wielding killers hunt him on the streets of Los Angeles. Sci-fi action adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso and Richard Dawson.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Paul Michael Glaser
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video and DVD