The Running Man

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 sadistic 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, Ri
Director(s): Paul Michael Glaser
Production: Vestron Video
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
R
Year:
1987
101 min
222 Views

(CRAWL):

BY 2017 THE WORLD ECONOMY HAS

COLLAPSED. FOOD, NATURAL RESOURCES

AND OIL ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY. A POLICE

STATE, DIVIDED INTO PARAMILITARY ZONES,

RULES WITH AN IRON HAND.

TELEVISION IS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE

AND A SADISTIC GAME SHOW CALLED

"THE RUNNING MAN" HAS BECOME THE

MOST POPULAR PROGRAM IN HISTORY.

ALL ART, MUSIC, AND COMMUNICATIONS

ARE CENSORED. NO DISSENT IS TOLERATED

AND YET A SMALL RESISTANCE MOVEMENT

HAS MANAGED TO SURVIVE UNDERGROUND.

WHEN HIGH-TECH GLADIATORS ARE NOT

ENOUGH TO SUPPRESS THE PEOPLE'S

YEARNING FOR FREEDOM...

...MORE DIRECT METHODS

BECOME NECESSARY.

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND (over helicopter radio):

Yankee Nine-Niner, what are your coordinates?

BEN RICHARDS (in pilot's seat):

Zero-two-zero, flight level one-five

We're above release point Echo Bravo One.

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND:

Move in and check it out.

RICHARDS:

Roger. Moving in.

Food riot in progress.

Approximately 1,500 civilians.

No weapons evident.

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND:

Proceed with Plan Alpha.

Eliminate anything moving.

RICHARDS:

I said the crowd is unarmed.

There are lots of women and children down there.

All they want is food for God's sakes!

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND:

As you were, Richards!

Proceed with Plan Alpha. All rioters must be eliminated.

RICHARDS:

The hell with you! I will not fire on helpless people.

Abort mission. We're gonna turn back to base.

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND:

Lieutenant Sanders, do you copy?

LIEUTENANT SANDERS, IN CO-PILOT'S SEAT:

Affirmative.

BAKERSFIELD AIR COMMAND:

Take command, detain Richards and proceed as ordered.

SOLDIER #3:

Richards, what the f*ck are you doing?

Shit. Let's get him!

SOLDIER #2:

Goddamn it!

SANDERS:

Shit, we're pitching over!

I got it. I got control!

SOLDIER #1:

He said detain him. Don't drop him.

SOLDIER #3:

Richards, you're gonna fry for this.

SOLDIER #2:

And I'll see you in hell.

(CAPTION):

WILSHIRE DETENTION ZONE

18 MONTHS LATER

GUARD #1:

Come on. Keep digging.

What's the holdup?

GUARD #2:

This one's had it.

Watch the detonator.

Phew.

GUARD #1:

Get that garbage out of here.

Move!

GUARD #3:

Hey, Charlie. Did you see The Running Man last night?

CHARLIE:

I never miss it.

I even won 500 bucks.

GUARD #3

Ha. You lucky bastard.

GUARD #4:

Work crew coming through. Prisoner transfer to post.

GUARD #3:

Okay, hang on. Lenny, this is the eighth perimeter.

Fresh meat just got here. Shut down the deadline.

LENNY:

Affirmative. Shutting down now. Stand clear.

FEMALE PRISON-WIDE COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Access code pending.

Verified. Perimeter deactivated.

Sonic deadline is down.

GUARD #3:

Okay, assholes. Move it.

CHARLIE:

Let's go. Let's go.

GUARD #3:

Get out the lead or lose your head.

COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Prisoner restraint collars are disarmed.

GUARD #3:

Come on!

CHARLIE:

East perimeter here. New prisoners are all in compound. We're clear.

LENNY:

Affirmative. Activating deadline.

What are you looking at? Get outta here.

COMPUTERIZED ANNOUNCEMENT:

Sonic deadline is up.

Sonic deadline is up.

Prisoner restraint collars armed.

Prisoner restraint collars armed.

RICHARDS:

Give you a lift?

GUARD:

No. No!

WILLIAM LAUGHLIN:

Get it open!

HAROLD WEISS:

I got it, I got it!

LAUGHLIN:

Repeat the codes.

WEISS:

I did. 6 - 5 - 3. Shit! It's not working.

RICHARDS:

You're a hell of an actor, Laughlin.

LAUGHLIN:

Who was acting?

RICHARDS:

Well, you're still alive, aren't you?

LAUGHLIN:

Repeat that code.

WEISS:

Okay!

RICHARDS:

Weiss, what's the holdup? Come on!

WEISS:

The linking computer's denying the code.

Must be the walls in here are blocking the signal. It's not happening!

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Steven Edward de Souza (born November 17, 1947) is an American producer, director and screenwriter. He is among a handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over US$2 billion at the worldwide box office. more…

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