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The Running Man Details


Directed by former Starsky and Hutch TV star Paul Michael Glaser, this post-apocalyptic science fiction yarn satirized American entertainment, mocking pro wrestling, game shows, and law-and-order reality programming. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a cop in the totalitarian America of 2019, framed for massacring rioting civilians during a famine. After escaping from jail, Richards tries to prove his innocence, but his efforts are thwarted at every turn by a regime in need of a scapegoat. Richards is captured along with an innocent civilian, Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso), and they are forced to participate in a violent game show called "The Running Man," hosted by the unctuous Damon Killian (Richard Dawson). The object of the game for Richards and Mendez: obtain freedom by staying alive against a gauntlet of skillful assassins like "Subzero" (Prof. Toru Tanaka) and "Captain Freedom" (Jesse Ventura), each armed with unique weapons like razor-sharp hockey sticks and chainsaws. With the help of some fellow "contestants," Richards is able to tap into government computers and prove his innocence. The Running Man was very loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, who wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 13, 1987


Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso
as Amber Mendez
Richard Dawson
as Damon Killian, Running Man Game-Show Host
Yaphet Kotto
as Laughlin
Jim Brown
as Fireball, Stalker
Jesse Ventura
as Capt. Freedom
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Weiss
Gus Rethwisch
as Buzzsaw, Stalker
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Subzero, Stalker
Mick Fleetwood
as Mic, Underground Resistance Leader
Dweezil Zappa
as Stevie, Mic's Son
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Brenda, Damon's Assistant
Sven Ole Thorsen
as Sven
Lin Shaye
as Propaganda Officer
Dey Young
as Amy
Kurt Fuller
as Tony
Franco Columbu
as 911 Security Officer
Suzie Hardy
as Dancer
Kerry Brennan
as Dancer
Joel Kramer
as Soldier
Sondra Holt
as Suzie Checkpoint
John William James
as Barrio Bettor
Roger Kern
as Travel Pass Guard
Ken Lerner
Tony Brubaker
as Soldier
Bryan Kestner
as Med Tech
Mario Celario
as Barrio Foreman
Melissa Hurley
as Dancer
Charlie Phillips
as Teen-Age Punk
Edward Bunker
as Lenny
Joe Leahy
as Narrator
George Wilbur
as Lt. Saunders
Mary Ann Oedy
as Dancer
Wayne Grace
as 911 Security Officer
Bill Margolin
as Leon
Paula Brown
as Dancer
Barbara Lux
as Elderly Lady
Kim Pawlik
as Newscaster
Lynne Stewart
as Edith Wiggins
Megan Gallivan
as Dancer
Boyd Kestner
as Yuppie Yeller
Greg Lewis
as Locker Room Manager
Donna Hardy
as Mrs. McArdle
Anthony Penya
as Valdez
Tommy Rosales, Jr.
as Chico
Sidney Chankin
as Custodian
Jon Cutler
as Underground Tech
Billy Lucas
as Soldier


Paul Michael Glaser
George Linder
Tim Zinnemann
Stephen King
Book Author
Steven E. de Souza
John Herzfeld
Thomas del Ruth
Reynaldo Villalobos
Harold Faltermeyer
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Warner
John Wright
Edward Warschilka
Keith Barish
Executive Producer
Rob Cohen
Executive Producer
Nancy Patton
Set Designer
Robert Blackman
Costume Designer
Richard Bryce Goodman
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Casady
Special Effects
Lawrence James Cavanaugh
Special Effects
Paula Abdul
Jackie Burch
Gary Daigler
Production Manager
Jeff Dawn
Gary Gutierrez
Special Effects Supervisor