Overall Rank: 4164
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 188
Theatrical Release Date: 11/13/1987
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland van Lidth
Plot: A wrongfully-accused man breaks out of a max-prison facility only to be caught again and forced to participate in the hit reality TV show "The Running Man" where he will be forced to fight or flee from sadistic killers. -- Chris Kavan
Quick Movie Reviews
Indyfreak - wrote on 09/16/2019
One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's weirdest but perhaps more thoughtful films, The Running Man works as a darker more adult oriented forerunner to similar films like The Hunger Games or Battle Royale. The action scenes are darkly lit but intense and violent. The dumbed-down dystopia is a pretty scathing indictment of cutthroat entertainment practices. Maria Conchita Alonso is pretty but also annoying. Richard Dawson is a lot of fun as the villain. It's juggling more ideas than perhaps there is more actual running time for the film to handle. But it's an interesting sci-fi adventure film.
Ian - wrote on 09/25/2015
Solid Schwartzenegger film from the 80's. The bad guys get their just desert in typical fashion. Everything is rigged from the start but you know it's a Schwartzenegger film from the 80's, so you kind of get an idea of how it will all turn out. I'd compare it strongly to Total Recall.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/12/2014
The story is about a TV show "The Running Man" where he will be forced to fight or flee from sadistic killers. Arnold Schwarzenegger saying bad-ass one liners and killing people left and right, and that's why I liked this film.
Full Movie Reviews
Below-standard Schwarzenegger, Dawson is awesome
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 09/25/2013
The Running Man has a rather interesting concept about a blood sport game show in a dystopian society. This film overlooks this for the most part in a fairly standard Schwarzenegger's action movie. In this respect it has some problems as the action just never is that good. The way most of the villains are defeated feel rather uninspired and Schwarzenegger's one liners do not really sore all to well in this one. Schwarzenegger himself gives one of his more lacking turns and was considerably better in Predator from the very same year. There is one huge redeeming feature for the film though and that is due to the performance by Richard Dawson as the main villain of the piece. Dawson is just plain brilliant as the evil game show host who will do anything to get the highest rating. I think a …
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