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The Running Man (Widescreen)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Maria Conchita Alonso , Paul Michael Glaser    R (Restricted)   DVD
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In this action thriller based on an early story by Stephen King, Los Angeles in the year 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the global economy's total collapse. All forms of entertainment are government controlled, and the most popular show on television is an elaborate game show in which convicted criminals are given a chance to escape by running through a gauntlet of brutal killers known as "Stalkers." Anyone who survives is given their freedom and a condominium in Hawaii, so when a wrongly accused citizen (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is chosen as a contestant, all hell breaks loose. Cheesy sets and a slimy role for game-show host Richard Dawson make this violent mess of mayhem a candidate for guilty pleasure; it is the kind of movie that truly devoted Arnold fans will want to watch more than once. And check those credits--choreography by Paula Abdul! --Jeff Shannon

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso. A soldier wrongly convicted of murder is forced to participate in a deadly game show. 1987/color/101 min/R/fullscreen.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When I first saw this movie, I looked at it as, well, another 1980's action flick with Arnold Schwarzenegger literally devouring his enemies. It was entertaining, but it had something of a pro-wrestling mentality. It's a pretty good movie. It does recreate the look and feel of many of the WWF superstars, and it also includes former pro-wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura. It seemed to me that it was pure entertainment, as was pro-wrestling itself. However, something changed my mind. It was near the beginning of summer, when the news came that wrestler Owen Hart died of an accident at a wrestling event. His death shook me up, and it was hard for me to like wrestling anymore. After something like that, you realize that in some ways, "The Running Man" is true to life! It's about people fighting for their lives on a game show. The audience cheers for death and for blood. The more people are killed on the show, the higher the ratings go. Killian, the show's host, is a poke at WWF owner Vince McMahon, who, for the sake of ratings, has taken his wrestling federation farther than what anyone has ever seen before. Back then, it used to be Hulkamania, which was decent entertainment. Now, it's loaded with sex, violence, and blood.

What went wrong? I don't know but reviewer Main Man can tell you all about it due to his high knowledge of wrestling. It's been close to a decade since I seen wrestling and the last straw was when Owen Hart lost his life over a stunt to please the fans!

Aside from that, "The Running Man" actually tries to tell something important about the television entertainment we are having nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Arnie flick (3.5/5) Nov. 2 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
In the Running Man,Arnold Schwarzenegger play a man framed and wrongly
convicted of a crime in the future.His sentence:being a contestant on a
brutal reality TV show where the inmates face overwhelming odds to stay
alive against their opponents,who are armed and also well protected
from head to toe.the game is basically rigged in favour of their
opponents.thus far no convict has ever made it out alive.but of course
Arnie is no ordinary inmate.this reality TV show makes what passes for
reality TV today look like Mister Rogers.anyway,the film is filled with
terrific action sequences,some wit courtesy of some classic Arnie one
liners.there are also some suspenseful moments,and some terrific death
scenes.the acting may not be stellar,but hey,it's Arnie,so who needs
good acting.overall,a very well paced,entertaining piece of work. 3.5/5
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By Xphile
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is an old movie but I consider it a classic. It was a must have in my library while replacing tapes with DVD . I'm a fan of both these giants. It's action with some humor (as Schwarzenegger does best in my opinion) and it pokes fun at How tv runs our lives in a post apocalyptic world, and how we allow it until a group of underground computer wizards use Arnold during a run for his life to find the media uplink so they can broadcast the truth!
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4.0 out of 5 stars When future governors collide Aug. 5 2007
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If there's another film out there featuring two future governors, I don't know what it could be. Ironically, both future politicians' characters actually reflect their future terms in office to some degree: Arnold is the independent tough guy determined to do what he thinks is right, while Jesse Ventura is a washed-up buffoon who can't be taken seriously. Then, of course, there's Richard Dawson, who funnels all those years of game show hosting into the role of Damon Killian, host of futuristic America's most popular game show, The Running Man.

There's really nothing complicated about The Running Man. Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) wrote the original short novel over the course of three days and published it pretty much as it was, with little editing to speak of. This is entertainment, not a deep psychological study of tyranny or a cinematic lament of 21st century American society. While the film does deviate from King's original novel (especially in terms of the ending), it does capture the adrenaline and animalistic frenzy that defines King's original vision. In the futuristic plot, America has become one big police state, a totalitarian society that controls the thoughts and actions of all citizens -- and keeps them happy through such wildly popular state-run broadcasts as The Running Man. Like the gladiator fights and slaughters of Christians inside the Roman Coliseum of old, this reality show stirs up the blood lust of all members of society, displacing the woes of their everyday life with the thrill of a deadly hunt for hardened criminals. It's The Most Dangerous Game on a societal level -- strip the victim of all humanity in your own eyes, give him a head start, hunt him down like an animal, and kill him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps more topical now July 4 2004
By Colin
Format:DVD
While in 1987 this may have been simply another action star for Governor-to-be Schwarzenegger, viewed today this film offers more layers of meaning.
"The Running Man" is a reality show in which criminals are forced to run from bounty hunter-types who are given WWF wrestling style introductions and use a myriad of weapons to kill their prey. The audience cheers and boos mercilessly as the real-life people meet tragic ends. Seen today in the era of "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," among other reality shows, this movie offers much in the way of questioning the direction of such television. Is this the direction reality TV is going? Also good for a look at mass media and people's belief in what is told to them.
The movie is what it is. Fist-pumping commando, guns and heavy artillery. Schwarzenegger is wrongly framed for a crime he didn't commit and made a criminal in this Orwellian society in which the mass media is everything. He's forced into The Running Man world. There's some throw-away jokey lines after disposing of the heavy villains, but the real treat is watching real-life game show host Richard Dawson playing the slimy, evil host of The Running Man - the real villain in this movie full of larger-than-life killers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Run away from the Special Features
The Running Man is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Richard Bachman, aka Stephen King. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2011 by Jason Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars brutal blu-ray compression - update from upgrade
Let this be a lesson to me (and anyone else suffering from inadequate technology) - after giving my blu-ray player an apparently much needed firmware update, and adjusting the... Read more
Published on July 6 2011 by Cheryl
1.0 out of 5 stars IT SUCKS!
THIS MOVIE SUCKS! ITS JUST ABOUT A CONVICT WHO RUNS! EVERY ONE SAID YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IT'S AN ACTION CLASIC! BUT NO ITS HORIBLE! Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2007 by thibs happy dude from canada
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the book instead
I read the book by Stephen King and I loved it! This movie is NOTHING like the book. The basic plot (and I mean VERY basic) is the same, but the events that take place aren't... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Chemerfian
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great piece of 80s Arnie action megacheese!
Although I don't consider 'The Running Man' to be one of Arnie's best bits of action fare, it does have more than its fair share of those silly cheeseball moments that I ofttimes... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Zagnorch
3.0 out of 5 stars Arnie runs for his life
This overly predictable sci-fi/action yarn (based on a story by Stephen King which he wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman) stars good 'ol Arnie as a wrongfully accused man... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by N. Durham
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth for the last 5 minutes itself !
Trashy looking and predictably fun Arnold vehicle based on a Stephen King novel (which he wrote under the name Richard Bachman) has Arnold as a cop turned into a scape goat for the... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Jessy
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated gem!
Let's make one thing clear-- this is not a brilliant piece of filmmaking. It is painfully dated in its look and feel, much of the acting is marginal (Arnie has improved a LOT... Read more
Published on June 5 2004
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