ABOUT THE FILM

The Running Man is a 1987 film directed by Paul Michael Glaser. It was produced by George Linder and Tim Zinnemann with Steven E. de Souza writing the screenplay. The film is based on the 1982 novel The Running Man by Richard Bachman who is a pseudonym for Stephen King. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown and Richard Dawson.

The storyline is based around a television show called “The Running Man”. Set in the dystopian United States between 2017 and 2019, the show is about convicted criminals who are called ‘Runners’ and the hunters, a gang of professional killers who are called ‘Stalkers’. The prize should the runners win and escape a near-certain death is a chance to be pardoned by the totalitarian police state that the United States has become.

The original director for The Running Man was Andrew Davis but he was fired a week into filming and replaced by Paul Michael Glaser. Following the sacking, he went on to director Above The Law, The Package and The Fugitive. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated it was a “terrible decision”, as Glaser “shot the movie like it was a television show, losing all the deeper themes”. He believes this damaged the film.

When the film was released it received mixed reviews from the critics, although Richard Dawson’s performance as Damon Killian was praised. Roger Ebert said “The movie’s problem is that all of the action scenes are versions of the same scenario. TV host Dawson introduces a killer and his trademark weapons.. and then Schwarzenegger faces him in battle.”, and of Dawson’s performance “The one element in the movie that is not standard and that does have some energy is the TV show itself, with Dawson’s performance as the egotistical, sleaze-bag host… Working the audience, milking the laughs and the tears, he is not really much different than most genuine game show hosts – and that’s the movie’s private joke.”

The Running Man was produced on an estimated budget of $27m. In its opening weekend the film took $8,117,465 in the US and grossed $38,122,105 in US box office receipts, which made the film a financial successful.


The Running Man UK Lobby Card


FILM DETAILS

Title
The Running Man
Year of Film
1987
Director
Paul Michael Glaser
Starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Erland Van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre, Mick Fleetwood, Gus Rethwisch
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Box Office
Budget: $27,000,000 (Estimated)
Opening Weekend: $8,117,465 (USA) (17 July 2012) (1,692 Screens)
Gross: $38,122,105 (USA) (17 July 2012)

POSTER DETAILS

Type of Poster
Lobby Card
Style of Poster
Final
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1987
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (Inches)
10″ x 8″
NSS # / Printer Markings
None
Tagline
None

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