The Running Man (1987) - Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 29 out of 274 found boring (10.58%)

One-line Reviews (156)

This is an iconic action packed movie with THE Arnold Schwarzenegger....

Thrilling and commercial musical score by Harold Faltermeyer , it was composed by means of synthesizer .

It was fun, pure adrenaline pumping game show-typed flick that's set in a futuristic time, loosely based on a Stephen King novel.

But in spite of all its flaws - the clunky, campy vision of the future; Schwarzenegger's performance that is bad even by his meager standards; the script full of silly puns and one-liners - it's still very watchable, very entertaining, and even, at times, poignant and effective.

Overall, this is a fun film & I highly recommend it.

This movie is about as action-packed and adrenaline-punched an action movie you're going to see in a while.

Don't waste your time.

Two intriguing documentaries, a trailer and a 'Meet the Stalkers' gimmick are included in this 2-disc set that comes in a rather neat slip case.

Richard Dawson almost steals the movie but Arnold, with lines like ("He had to split" and "Hey Christmas tree") is still the most entertaining thing here.

Exciting and underrated cult Sci-fi action thriller fave loosely based on a Stephen King novel.

The rest is standard action completely spoiled by the pretentious.

A shotty screenplay is saved by wild action sequences that will keep the audience on the edge of its seat.

It's so entertaining.

Seriously, Arnie probably made more entertaining movies in the first 10 years of his career than most actors can lay claim to in their entire career!

This movie was enjoyable and packed a lot of fun, with some colorful visuals and an abundance of witty Schwarzenegger lines.

One thing remains is that Richard Dawson is stunning in this movie!!

This movie proves the point that just because a movie is different from the book its based on, doesn't mean its bad, and having read the book I believe that both stories although different, are equally compelling.

Otherwise it is quite unwatchable.

From beginning to end The Running Man is just pure and delightful entertainment that is thrilling and over the top and is one of those movies where when the Action starts it keeps going and never quits.

If you take the movie for what it is; Muscle bulging, action packed, one liners and comedy you'll really enjoy this film.

Action packed with a surprise guest appearance.

"The Running Man" is what you can call a relic of the very cheesy and kitsch action films of the 80s and despite that, I thought its charming appeal still holds up very well today and it keeps running on, until empty.

The plot is a ridiculous but irresistible near future dystopian society that uses gladiator games to quell the masses and take their minds from their empty bellies.

From the battle with Buzzsaw which was cool, and I could help but be on the edge of my seat in that battle hoping Ben doesn't get skewered from the chainsaw as it's a weapon that does nasty damage.

The pacing and flow were poor and I found myself bored many times...

Undeniably entertaining, with some genuine nice moments .

Killian's flamboyance energizes the film during its slow parts.

It may be packed with cheese and is as nutty as a squirrel's sandwich, but this is one astutely entertaining futuristic slice of sci-fi pie.

Slightly better than Rollerball, and possibly more exciting too .

You know, say what you might about Schwarzenegger, but he made some damn entertaining movies in his day.

I nearly fell asleep during the whole setup stage which just felt like setup and not in the flow of the movie.

and it not only does it wittily, it also does it disturbingly well, with the schedule of propaganda and public execution in a convincing, and sometimes even blurred mix.

But that's OK - the lighter touch suits Schwarzenegger, and it's an entertaining movie.

This witty slice of sociological irony would have admittedly been slicker in the hands of regular Paul Verhoeven, but Glaser keeps the action flowing throughout, and presents us with some bizarrely fascinating villains as well as the usual action frolics.

Overall, the movie does a really great job of establishing the world in it, but I felt that the movie was wrapped up in a cliché manner.

Perfect it ain't in portraying this, but it's attention to the media's fake propaganda and fixation it creates in stirring up violence has a certain style and truth about it more so now.

I think it was appropriate to go this route considering the star; the producers obviously could have done a more straightforward adaptation of Bachman/King's book, and (having not read it but heard much about it) that might, and could still be, an exciting action flick in the brutally graphic and darkly humorous approach of the author.

I'm not even joking here, this is the worst movie ever made .

Any way Running Man is a fantastic Sci-fi Action Thriller that's brutal & exciting & so rewatchable with great music & a great performance by Arnie as Ben Richards!!!

Virtually Unwatchable...

It's suspenseful as Sub Zero clearly has as they would say in sports homecourt advantage as he is just employing hit and run attacks at them.

A lot of the supporting characters are predictable, the music is forgettable, the cinematography is bland and its story, which tries to have a culture related undercurrent, doesn't speak its mind enough.

The economy is in tatters, food is scarce and the state keeps people distracted by producing sadistic gameshows for them to watch, like Jumping for Dollars, where people jump for money over a pit of rabid dogs, and the most popular one is The Running Man, a gameshow hosted by the slimy Damian Killian (played by the entertaining Richard Dawson) where supposed 'criminals' are hunted down by theatrical, pro-wresting-esquire 'stalkers'.

It tries to cram in a whole bunch of contrived events to make things come out as a happy ending...

The Action is amazing and thrilling because we get gunfights,explosions and many other exciting things going on throughout the movie that will keep viewers entertained and on the edge of their seats.

I'm writing this review in 2019 , and i hope Hollywood will do a remake of this magnificent movie, because it's really worth watching , and I recommend to all.

Yes it has tons of plot holes,however it's highly highly entertaining, with a great ending as well.

Up until a few days ago I had only seen Running Man once many years ago, so it made the second viewing very enjoyable and suspenseful.

While the movie is ridiculous in many aspects, it also manages to be entertaining in that purely mindless fashion.

'The Running Man' is one of those predictable action movies that made actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone great.

It seemed to be entertaining with good stunts, and even with some philosophy of good and evil.

All Arnold fans should love this film from the beginning to the end because its action packed, star filled, and its one its one of Arnold`s best to date!

There are many fantastic action sequences in The Running Man of which none required special effects or a massive budget, yet the end result was still one of a thumping heartbeat and pumping adrenaline for viewers.

Killian cares about no one, not his posse of bent employers or the janitor, he fires for being too slow.

I will be honest, I hope the first part of this review bored you, as the way this review opening panned out was very similar to the entirety of The Running Man, a constantly refreshed idea, giving you monotonous, repetitive information.

It's certainly not Arnie's best film, and in parts it feels either a bit slow or simply so goofy that it goes from being interesting to seeming like it's going for a comedic effect.

In a way this movie seems to have a go at television propaganda, though it could be propaganda in itself by attempting to show us that what we have is not as bad as this.

Schwarzenegger here indulges in his cheap, predictable one-liners (as in COMMANDO) which I still manage to get a kick out of.

The Running Man is a good movie with an average story,but still a very strong performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger,an actor that can make anything he's in enjoyable.

Based on the book by Stephen King, writing under a pen-name, The Running Man is inventive, funny, thrilling and rewarding.

Arnold manages to do his part with honor and some great one-liners but the rest of the cast is too weak to balance him and the fight sequences are predictable.

If anyone, accused this movie of ever being dull, they should seriously be put on trial.

Just like the original (and only one worth watching) ROLLERBALL, the film was dismissed by some because of the film's violence and seeming banality whereas the film really is a great indictment about society.

"Running" on empty...

The Running Man is all time Entertaining very fast Sci-Fi Action flick .

Not one of Schwarzenegger's best films, but somewhat entertaining, even through his dry performance.

With a budget of 27 000 000 $ "The Running Man" is for sure worth watching, especially if you are a die-hard Arnold fan and a Stephen King admirer.

It's not a masterpiece by any means, but it is entertaining, if you can adjust yourself into right mindset.

Two of my favorites are the track of the battle against Sub Zero which I thought was cool as it just sung fast and suspenseful action.

An outrage to King's vision, but enjoyable nonetheless .

The action scenes in The Running Man are fun and entertaining to watch.

All that said, I felt it was a reasonably fun and enjoyable film.

I highly recommend the Running Man if you're looking for a great piece of entertaining action, with a glossty finish and some great characters.

It's also a fascinating concept that is ripe for a remake if handled right tonally.

The Running Man is one of those films that if overwatched, would become boring and depressing even.

While slightly dated and its annoying use of footage from parts of the a film itself The Running Man (1987) was ahead of its time and still is an atmospheric and engaging ride.

The world economy has collapsed (Greece and other EU nations have faced similar economic crises in recent years) there are food shortages (Venezuela, the native country of Maria Conchita Alonso have empty grocery store shelves and unrest because of mass starvation).

It seems that the fans have become bored with regular wrestling matches, and need gratuitous violence to keep them awake.

The Running Man may be utter rubbish, but it is hugely entertaining utter rubbish that I have no hesitation in recommending to fans of Arnie and sci-fi action in general.

The Running Man is always all time Entertaining very fast entertaining Sci-Fi Action by novel ever made.

Are you bored with all those lame shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race?

The build up can lead some audiences to believe the Running Man is going to be really entertaining show, especially with the viewers in the movie going bonkers for the show in the movie.

Stephen King Story Worth Watching .

The other antagonists,and by that I mean the stalkers, were a bit too cliché and in the end were just your standard villains and no more than that.

And even if it comes off as trite, it's still more entertaining than "The Hunger Games".

It's sub-plot is quite tedious, and the action is fairly predictable and not very believable, (in context of others in this genre).

The one on one battles are great, their also suspenseful as you are wondering how the heck Ben is going to beat each of them.

This time around I enjoyed it a lot more.

Enjoyable .

In this regard, the movie is a fraud, and yet, it is enjoyable in the heyday of Arnold's magnificence.

The thing is this movie starts out sort of interesting and entertaining which is about the first 30 minutes.

I mean Stalkers, are a lot of fun to watch because they're so over the top, Arnold does have some really good lines and scenes, the action is suitably entertaining and as a whole the movie doesn't overstay its welcome.

If you're not an Arnold fan, "The Running Man" might be a little hard to swallow..but if you can get past the cheesiness you'll find this to be a really fast-paced, violent, funny and exciting movie.

But, overall, it's an exciting Arnold film that will keep you entertained.

Still, I have to admit that I often have a fondness for direct-to-video movies, so all this stuff didn't concern me that much, and I found the movie entertaining.

The Running Man is a terrific and entertaining SCI-FI/Action/Thriller that combines fantastic direction,a wonderful cast,amazing Action and a fine score.

This exciting film contains action , thrills, suspense , blood , a little bit of humor and is plenty of graphical violence .

"The Running Man" is enjoyable and fast-paced Sci Fi/action with violent kills, grotesque futuristic imagery and lovely OTT acting performances.

The Soviet Union and its satellites preferred a mixture of state-sponsored high culture and propaganda to rollerball-type violence.

This is not one of Arnies best action film's, but its still quite enjoyable.

And the kissing between Arnold and this suddenly heroic girl looks so predictable for Arnold's movies.

Don't waste your time on this cinematic turd.

The action is decent enough though, and there are a few nice touches that makes this a tad more entertaining than most similar movies.

Still, there are some undeniably fun sequences, including most of the stuff surrounding the aforementioned game-show, and the 'television take-down' angle is engaging, if a little extreme.

It's no Total Recall which Arnie did 3 years later, but this is still an entertaining futuristic action movie.

"The Running Man" is a high action packed movie with lots of thrills and Arnie excitement.

But, it is, none the less, a darn entertaining movie, albeit it is flawed almost beyond repair.

It makes for an entertaining ride though it differs greatly from the Richard Bachman novel from which it came from (aka Stephen King).

I used to like Stephen King and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but then the media system allowed them to be something that kills the performances of both writers and actors: self-indulgent.

SET-PIECES: Throughout the film there are many rather tense fights and for the most part is a very action packed film.

Entertaining if rather dated Schwarzenneger vehicle .

However, just enough of its underlying premise shines through to create an interesting, almost satirical and never-more-relevant setting for its decent set-pieces, on-the-nose comebacks and otherwise enjoyable high-concept carnage.

Here, after a slow start, the fun begins.

Entertaining film based on the Stephen King novel about a police-state scapegoat (Schwarzenegger) who must play a deadly TV game show.

It's a dull action scene (although I like the way that Arnie, like Charles Bronson, can avoid bullets simply by ducking).

It's entertaining and a good view on how modern society is now, that is reality tv where people are being brainwashed by the media.

This is a truly entertaining film - briskly paced, plot-heavy, and, at times, almost poignant.

In Final Word,if you love Arnold Schwarzenegger,SCI-FI films or Action-Thrillers,I highly suggest you see The Running Man,a terrific and entertaining SCI-FI/Action/Thriller that is Arnold Schwarzenegger at his best.

In King's version, Schwarzenegger's character is a skinny, intense and relentless character, a person with integrity that surpasses all expectations and vigor, in a Dystopian world.

On it's own, The Running Man is at the very least entertaining, with Schwarzeneggar delivering some very good one liners.

While this is a very entertaining movie with a lot of action, there is plenty of social commentary as well.

The Running man is a fun film, it's entertaining and has you glued to the TV for it's entire duration time.

A compelling story in its own right .

A Biting Social Satire and Visceral and Entertaining Dystopian Action Flick .

As John Parr's awesome credits song fades away, "The Running Man" stands as one of Arnold's more enjoyable films.

That fight with Buzzaw was entertaining!

Arnold's films are always entertaining, conscious of their own kitsch, and set out to provide action and fun.

Worst movie ever .

The whole scenario where "Kimball" and company reverse the effects of decades of propaganda with ONE 30 second "counter broadcast" is wishful thinking of the purest kind.

Now, two decades later, and having just finished re-watching the movie for the first time in years, I find it a strange movie: one totally devoid of technical merit, decent acting, and convincing effects, yet somehow totally entertaining.

there are also some suspenseful moments,and some terrific death scenes.

And the game show itself was exciting.

As for Schwarzenegger, well, do I begin with religious propaganda like End Of Days, or fundie crappola like The Sixth Day?

The film is fast paced, and at 90 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome.

the plot of this sci-fi film is fascinating , all the characters are very interesting including Amber Mendez (played by Maria Conchita Alonso) , the work of Paul Michael Glaser is refined, this film features superb production design, costumes good , excellent cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth .

Well worth watching .

Director Paul Michael Glaser portrayed the novel in real life by combining King's original thrilling plot with an 80's style film.

I do think that the fans are bored with wrestling unless they are fed more violence and death.

A Terrific And Entertaining SCI-FI/Action/Thriller.

The so-called STALKERS which are the shows 'main attraction' are boring and could have been so much more creative.

There's a lot of exciting fight sequences, the trademark dreadful puns ('He had to split' being my favourite), and the general formulaic final confrontation and happy ending.

Provided you get into it, this is intense, and the pacing is fast without overwhelming.

It's just predictable and boring to watch and nothing really grabbed my attention.

You understand how predictable it all is.

The Running Man takes a hard, yet highly entertaining look at what TV could become in a dystopian future.

Ironic, then, that such a notion would form the basis for one of the most entertaining action films ever produced: The Running Man.

So you have "The Running Man", depicting a dystopian society that has taken celebrity status to the zenith of empty headed and pointless mass approbation.

Worth watching!

overall,a very well paced,entertaining piece of work.

Based on a novel by Richard Bachman(Stephen King) and directed by TV actor Paul Michael Glaser, action Sci-Fi film set in the year 2017 is surprisingly entertaining, with a witty and prescient script that correctly predicted where television would be headed, making this satire prescient in the same way "Network" became.

Such a great movie with intense suspense and barely any profanity which is nice sometimes in my opinion, less toxic that way.

It is also enjoyable seeing a combination between a family game show and a bloodbath showdown that even prisoners would cringe at the thought of being a participant.

This movie is about as action-packed and adrenaline-punched an action movie you're going to see in a while.

The Running Man is part cartoon, part pro wrestling, part 1984, part Hunger Games and totally absurd; in a mildly entertaining manner.

That was back when he was the ultimate action star and movies like these seemed the most thrilling things around.

It's satire of where American culture or Western Civilization is heading towards cleverly disguised as a intense sci-fi adventure!