The Running Man
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. US. 1987. R. 1 hour 41 minutes. Paramount. 35mm.
Fri., December 29, 2017
The year is 2017. After a global economic collapse, the U.S. is now ruled by a totalitarian government that controls the population with games shows. The most popular of all the shows, The Running Man, forces enemies of the state to run a gauntlet of mercenaries in an effort to win their freedom. So far, there have been few successes – but that was before framed policeman Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) became a contestant. With its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, this adaptation of the sci-fi tale by Richard Bachman (AKA Stephen King) features a first-rate script by Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, Commando) and a standout supporting cast that includes Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Dweezil Zappa, Mick Fleetwood, Professor Toru Tanaka, and Family Feud host Richard Dawson!