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The Running Man

The Running Man

1987
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 41m
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Rated 12 Feb 2017
64
44th
Despite being almost entirely inept, this is a load of fun. The script Is terrible, there are some bizarre casting decisions, and it all feels like a cheapo TV movie. It works as an assembly of action scenes punctuated with laughably corny one-liners, and while its vision of the future isn't exactly accurate, there are a few moments of prescience. Richard Dawson was enjoyably slimy, and Arnold brought his usual flair. Not Arnie's best, but good for a laugh.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
97th
Right up there with Commando when it comes to epic one-liners. Faithfully portrays the threat abdominous opera singers bedecked with Christmas lights pose to society, while at the same time giving plain, white briefs a bad name.
Rated 05 Jul 2020
80
77th
I’ve seen this movie about ten times and every time the love theme surprises me. Dear HBO, make a Running Man show, this is a travesty compared to the book but we took any Ahnold action vehicles we could get.
Rated 30 Jul 2017
58
20th
Saw this in a packed cinema as a part of Arnie's birthday series with slightly drunken & disorderly crowd which is definitely the way to see it. The satire is so blunt & dumb it only works with a few small jokes. The writing is barely acceptable like the action but Schwarzenegger is fine in making it enjoyable. Tonally 80's but lacks the bite & wit of something like Verhoeven. Still this wasn't too boring or without stupid charm & worked well as a warm up to Total Recall which is still a blast.
Rated 15 Dec 2013
36
15th
Fingers crossed that in 2025 we're not all wearing shiny spandex leotards cause I'm gonna need to start working out now.
Rated 10 Nov 2012
75
57th
The Network of action movies.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
65
44th
As an Arnold Schwarzenegger action vehicle of the 1980s, you get what you expect: One-liners, memorable kills, the Austrian Oak fighting the English language, hedonistic violence/language that loved the R-rating, you name it....and for that, it works as a solid B-action churner. AMERICAN GLADIATORS would still be on TV today if those steroid-stalkers actually could kill the contestants.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
71
52nd
So much fun. You gotta love Arnold.
Rated 12 Feb 2010
65
42nd
Everything about this film is completely ridiculous right down to the over the top acting, the premise, as well as the costumes involved. It works as a piece of media satire though. This is also Arnold in his 80's prime kicking ass and shoveling out one liners that were actually pretty funny then.
Rated 12 Jul 2009
65
45th
Partly amusing 80's action slog. Watching Arnie stumble through his lines never gets old.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
86
92nd
Or rather The Punning Man! A film containing probably 30% or 40% of Arnie's greatest one liners was always going to be class. Everything about this movie is super. The quilted Runner suits, Dynamos Lego & Mechano car, the use of the words 'uplink', 'relay' and 'interface' in every sentence, Killians explosive final scene, and each new exciting death (again Dynamo wins for meeting his maker mid-rape!). Aside from that it's one of the most homoerotic films ever made! Eat yer heart out Top Gun!
Rated 30 Jan 2012
70
65th
Every dead villain gets a one-liner. That's how action movies used to be.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
50
27th
Begs for a remake.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
84
82nd
Schwarzenegger and Alonso make for the perfect couple: two masters of incorrect line delivery at the top of their game! Between the silly one-liners, the 'roided up badguys, and the comically on-the-nose satire, the whole film feels like a masterwork of cheese.
Rated 23 Dec 2019
30
15th
Classic Arnold. Something creepy about how it's somewhat turning true w/r/t reality TV. Arnold with a beard. Great yellow uniform. I even want a World Gym shirt. However, I was disappointed that the movie took a turn away from a fugitive plot into basically an arena. Unremarkable female lead. Fav scene: going through the rocket slide tube.
Rated 23 Jun 2017
7
63rd
That boy's one mean motherfucker.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
64th
Horribly 80's but totally awesome. I can sum up this film with one word: Dynamo
Rated 16 May 2023
60
44th
The dystopian setting and the themes of Stephen King's novel are certainly interesting and hold one's attention. On the other hand, the performances by Schwarzenegger and Alonso are really bad, and the cheesiness of the one-liners and certain shots is almost too much even for an '80s film - not to mention that '80 haircuts seem to still be all the rage in an otherwise futuristic society. All in all, it's a fun movie, yet a subtler, more sophisticated approach would have yielded better results.
Rated 07 Feb 2018
68
66th
T.R.M is a cheesy dystopian sci-fi that doesn't really nail all of its satiric targets, but it's a tremendously guilty pleasure. Glaser's direction is nothing to write home about, but he stages a few good scenes, and its bleak vision of the future, while clearly suffering from budgetary constraints, is memorably depicted. Arnie has many priceless one liners, and the villains are charismatic and colourful. Dawson as the sleazy game show host Killian was also a brilliant piece of casting.
Rated 18 Jul 2018
73
28th
Extremely cheesy 80s sci-fi action for the teenage boy in all of us. Contains creative ideas and flamboyant costumes, sets and characters; and Arnie is convincing as the madcap muscle guy as always. Echoes of Total Recall, Robocop and Max Max 3, but this film lacks a lot of polish compared to those contemporaries. It has the feel of being thrown together far too fast and with poor attention to detail in camera and editing terms. A loud, orange mess which needed to be more tense and scary.
Rated 07 Apr 2024
52
52nd
For the premise this rolls with it has some of the most boring setpieces imaginable. They could have done so many cool things with its game show premise but the most they ever come up with is big open spaces featuring villains dressed up in goofy outfits. Maybe that'd be forgivable if the action wasn't so goddamn boring. However, what I WILL grant this is that Arnold has a lot of funny one-liners and there is a lot of amusing mise en scene so it's very watchable despite being not good?
Rated 08 Apr 2022
80
75th
"Here is Sub-Zero -- now Plain Zero." Absolutely no notes, perfect line. I forgot Mick Fleetwood was in this. He has to be up there in The Big List of Weird Appearances in a Film. Reading about Erland van Lidth on Wikipedia was nearly as good as this film.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
50
21st
Better or at least funnier than Gamer, Schwarzenegger running around in a tight, yellow Adidas jumpsuit - but since Gamer sucks big time that doesn't mean it's masterpiece. It's funny how in the end everyone cheers just the same, it's just entertainment broadcast on TV, how Schwarezenegger deals with Killian is no different for them how Killian dealt with him.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
70
35th
Another one of Arnolds bad action movies. Not nearly as fun as Commando by any means. This movie has one of my favorite Arnold lines at the end of the movie. He delivers it so well.
Rated 25 Apr 2023
46
11th
Arnie dismantles this paint-by-numbers dystopia one-liner at a time until all that's left is the neon glow of its stubbornly 80's future world. It resembles Verhoeven's sci-fi social satires but without either the edge or charm that makes those work so well, and ends up a shallow exercise in revolution fantasy that's only rewatchable for its wild aesthetic nostalgia.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
75
72nd
Relatively high rating, perhaps, but this adaptation of a "Richard Bachman" short story packs a satirical punch, reminiscent of early Verhoeven. And if you can ever get yourself to rate an Arnie-flic below 50, you have no soul.
Rated 08 Dec 2007
67
48th
Looking back now one could say it's ahead of it's time. Yes, it's campy due to it's Ahnold factor but it's still an entertaining 80's action movie.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
85
46th
Great popcorn action.
Rated 02 Jan 2018
65
61st
WELL, THAT HIT THE SPOT. Greatest collection of one-liners ever shot. Schwarza has such a good timing for comedy that this is miles away from the disturbing zones it should've taped. Which is kind of a good thing given how Glaser is unable to direct this -- it's cheesy reality TV posing as cinema instead of the opposite. Still, much more fun than what we got recently with the oh-so-serious Hunger Games franchise. Would've been a masterpiece if directed by Verhoeven.
Rated 15 Jul 2015
1
6th
It looks so cheap, so tacky. Given the right role and a decent script, Schwarzenegger is (or was, upon a time) capable of being a charismatic and enjoyable star, but this is poorly written and inadequately directed.
Rated 11 Apr 2010
88
88th
One of my faves from arnold. The whole premise is just fantastic for an action movie. A gameshow where arnold fights for his life against future gladiators. And it gave us the fanatastic line, " I hope you leave enough room for my fist, cause I'm gonna ram it through your stomach and break your goddamn spine!"
Rated 05 Mar 2008
6
55th
Not my favorite from Arnold, think I've seen it too many times to enjoy it fully. Some hilarious one liners and gotta love seeing Richard Dawson so completely miscast.
Rated 21 Oct 2019
100
98th
This is an awesome movie. Arnold and his team are wrongfully accused of murdering people ends up on this game show that is just lying to people to generate money or revenue. Richard Dawson is the bad guy in this movie and does a great job in this. Memorable lines such as... "Your Sub Zero is now just Plain Zero" Really loved this movie.
Rated 29 Apr 2018
70
46th
Richard Dawson plays himself
Rated 14 Aug 2007
48
40th
Super Smash TV goes to the Big screan.
Rated 20 Apr 2009
6
55th
The Captain Freedom commercial has to be hands down the best part of the movie.
Rated 04 Nov 2009
20
5th
One of the worst adaptations of a work by Stephen King.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
45th
Watch Arnold tear up this Stephen King novella.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
66
34th
Mindless cheese. Love it!
Rated 07 Jun 2012
9
81st
This movie is SO cheesy -- some of the puns they wrote for Schwarzenegger are almost physically painful -- but I can't help but like it. A really endearing sci-fi film with some cool ideas.
Rated 22 May 2009
69
52nd
Very entertaining piece of Arnold.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
75
69th
Is this direction of reality tv? I wouldn't be suprised
Rated 05 Apr 2023
50
37th
The creators have run wild with their creative freedom here, with the plot deviating massively from the novel - generally for the worse. We get a generic 80s flick with all the expected lush and extravagant costumes and visuals. The anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian and anti-TV/media tropes from the novel are here, but lessened in their level of criticism of the world. Albeit one would argue that the novel's message is more relevant than ever in the 2023 realities. King's novel is better.
Rated 24 Dec 2009
90
70th
Great adaptation of a Stephen King work. Arnold is money in the roll and the whole idea is so familiar, it's frightening.
Rated 25 Mar 2022
80
62nd
The Running Man would be a great addition to a 80's time capsule. It is over-the-top in all of the ways a great 80's movie should be. The story is stupid with just enough of a message to give the audience something to think about and possibly a much deeper message upon repeated viewings. The Running Man is meant for repeated viewings because it is just so much fun. Richard Dawson is such a great villain in this movie. There are a lot of fun cameos that keep things light. It's just a fun movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
21st
Not at all as bad as many claim. Has hilarious cheese factor, over the top brutality and great one-liners.
Rated 14 Oct 2009
70
45th
very very very 80's, deviated too much from the book but otherwise a solid laugh
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
Nothing like the source material at all, but a fun and stoopid 80s action flick.
Rated 12 Mar 2022
66
52nd
Its pretty good. Lots of familiar faces in this one.
Rated 12 Apr 2014
62
32nd
Interesting premise, but when it comes to stories about individuals versus an oppressive organization, it is generally best to make the climax a personal victory (for example, Robocop). Here, we got some revolution we are barely introduced to and don't really care about tacked on. That and other poor story decisions lead to this failing to reach the height of many of its late 80s/early 90s dystopic brethren. Arnold has a few good lines, though.
Rated 30 Aug 2023
63
42nd
This is such an 80's cheesefast and that's the best thing about it. Arnold's one-liners, the year 2017 where everything actually still looks like the 80's from hair and clothes to vehicles and computer screens, the cheesy TV villain, all of it. It's not boring at any point and I know I love all the parts with Arnold going EUUUGH or AUAAHGHAAH. Also, that girl had a voice-activated toaster and a coffee maker but no way to call the police via a voice-activated computer? Priorities!
Rated 10 Jan 2010
76
86th
This fucking movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
65th
the governator vs that guy from family feud that killed himself. and there is a fat opera guy in a light bright suit, nuff said
Rated 25 Mar 2020
81
66th
A very fun sci-fi concept to observe. It lays on the social satire so thick and creamy, but it offsets that by how cheesy and self-aware funny this is. Somewhat not to be taken seriously, yet also seriously enjoyable, this is an extreme parable of what could be -- I can't wait for the remake that's completely devoid of all humour, adventure, and bad-ass '80s lighting.
Rated 15 Nov 2016
6
14th
man WHAT IF
Rated 13 Sep 2015
73
36th
Rather silly dystopian action film, but entertaining enough.
Rated 23 Apr 2015
70
56th
Is it the greatest movie of all time? Hell no! But on entertainment value alone it manages to encapsulate me in a very interesting world filled with shitty, cheesy dialogue and more than interesting design choices. It's the epitome of the 80's action film and that's not a wholly bad thing in this scenario.
Rated 18 May 2008
50
26th
Upholding the long and illustrious tradition of horrible movies based on Stephen King novels. The jumpsuits are really bad.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
65
27th
Consider 65 to be about one point per amazing Arnold quote, and you have Running Man in a nut shell. If only actual quality of a film could be based on such criteria. Ugh!
Rated 24 Sep 2010
64
39th
One of the ultimate goofball 80's action/sci-fi. So utterly different than the Stephen King short story that spawned it, it's laughable. Arnold cheeses it up but damned if it isn't entertaining.
Rated 17 Mar 2008
45
44th
Hasn't aged well but is good for a laugh or two.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
3
74th
Much like all Arnold movies, this Arnold movie is spectacular.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
100
0th
oh yes.
Rated 12 Sep 2015
95
63rd
Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Arnold Schwarzenegger is forced to run the gauntlet of murderous showbiz professionals on a hit game show. It's a dystopian future where TV is the opium of the people, there's a desperate rebel underground and a plucky love interest, skintight lycra and big hair, chainsaws and explosions, and more second-rate Arnie one-liners than in all his other films put together. It's the quintessential Eighties science fiction B-movie.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
10
8th
Brief appearance of Dweezil Zappa, the virtuoso guitar player and son of Frank Zappa.
Rated 24 May 2009
67
43rd
Among Arnold's finest camp action movies. Follows in the tracks of Commando but doesn't reach it's level.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
13
6th
The original short story by Bachman (Stephen King) is much, much better.
Rated 22 Sep 2013
66
18th
Schwarzenegger's dumbest 80's movie directed by the guy who played Starsky in Starsky and Hutch. This was his second movie and the last movie he was allowed to direct was Kazaam. 'Nuff said.
Rated 16 Jul 2015
77
47th
Alternate title: One-Liner Man. This movie has the best one-liners next to Arnold in Batman & Robin. I think they could of fit even more into this film, but that's just me being greedy. This was the first time I've seen this film and I really liked it. I can't believe this was a Stephen King movie, but I guess it was actually written by his alternate personality Richard Bachman so maybe that added some additional quality...
Rated 29 Jun 2016
71
60th
The plot is pretty close to total nonsense, and the 80s cheese is almost overwhelming. I think if this mini-review was written closer to its release date, it would be very negative, but now I find the abundant flaws make it charming rather than bad.
Rated 16 Oct 2008
30
9th
Not very good at all. B-film that didn't appeal to my imagination at all.
Rated 15 Feb 2009
90
43rd
Killian! I'll be back!
Rated 28 Apr 2009
65
30th
So many one lines
Rated 20 Jun 2008
20
11th
Excellent book, horrible film
Rated 13 Mar 2007
77
48th
The very original plot creates a film that truly pushes it's viewer to ponder the suggested ideas and how far reality TV could go...
Rated 16 Nov 2013
51
24th
Arnold is a badass though!
Rated 14 Feb 2008
65
57th
The best film made from a Stephen King book, way better than Shawshank or The Green Mile... Arnie is the weak link, which is saying something as 1980s Arnie is fantastic.
Rated 31 May 2014
71
47th
Wait, is Jesse Ventura NOT playing himself in this movie?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
53rd
Nothing like the story at all, but very entertaining by making the movie more game-showy. Richard Dawson is spectacular as Killian.
Rated 10 Apr 2014
60
54th
A fun film that could have been great if not for some uninspired direction. Reminiscent of RoboCop but without a clear focus or vision.
Rated 11 Oct 2020
70
31st
A great little sci-fi movie that is a mix of a Dr. Strangelove-esque satire of a future police state, and a survival movie in which 'Arnold' tries to stay alive in a sadistic game show where he must fight an endless array of 'stalkers' to try and stay alive and win his freedom. Many parallels exist between this and "The Hunger Games", and it was based on a Stephen King book. It has aged much better than several other 80s action films mainly because its predictions about TV came true.
Rated 14 Feb 2010
80
56th
Pure 80s cheese, the film never tries to reach any deeper with the violence on TV/violence in real life idea, which may be for the best. The Running Man is essentially 90 minutes of Schwarenegger running around killing people before making the requisite quip, his enemies even have gimmicks to aid the puns. The characters are paper thin and the plot rumbles along exactly as you'd guess after watching the trailer. There's plenty of inoffensive enjoyment to be had here though.
Rated 06 Jan 2024
65
40th
Rewatch 10 years later. So much fun. (+15 points)
Rated 05 Apr 2010
98
93rd
quite possibly the best movie of arnies career as well as one of the most entertaining action movies ever created.
Rated 20 Sep 2007
20
5th
stupid
Rated 27 Sep 2011
40
9th
If it's a stupid, gimmicky 80s sci-fi actioner you're looking for, you could do a lot worse. Has some really funny moments, some of which were even intended as comedy. Just don't read the book first...
Rated 14 Jan 2010
70
40th
Pure cheese, but fun cheese. Bonus points for heavily inspiring the arcade classic Smash TV.
Rated 19 Apr 2024
80
71st
Rated 25 Sep 2014
7
57th
The Running Man was one of my first memories of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Surely it can't of been the first Schwarzenegger film I ever saw due to the certificate, but I definitely vaguely remember seeing bits of this film at a very young age. And not only did I love what I saw but I instantly loved Arnold. This film hasn't aged particularly well but it's a classic and I still thoroughly enjoy watching it. It's hilariously corny but for action, violence and one liners it's prime Arnold.
Rated 30 Jan 2013
69
54th
"I live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!" - in my official top ten Ahhnold quotes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
19th
Ahead of its time. Unfortunately, reality tv isn't good to begin with.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
42nd
Been a while, but I remember being captivated by the action.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
65
51st
Absolutely deserves its reputation as a classic of 80's action crapola. Arnold is just mailing it in at this point, but isn't why we love him? (No one is under any obligation to answer that question.)
Rated 21 Oct 2011
22
1st
really terrible adaptation. the idea was totally different, acting was poor and... they made it a love story! although it was funny to see how they imagined the future would look like.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
60
13th
Cheery and sadistic, ridiculously dated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
12th
Even though this movie is about the politics of television, there is still not much to point toward in order to claim this is a good film.
Rated 29 Jun 2007
76
57th
So many good one liners the action is cheesy but fun... a classic 80s action movie.
Rated 10 May 2019
41
4th
Steven E. de Souza's name appeared in the opening credits and my eyebrow cocked. It didn't take long to notice his work. This is actually not a terrible script, but rather a case where Arnold is so miscast that he zaps life out of the film every time he opens his yap. This would've been better in the hands of someone like Bruce Willis -- someone who can actually deliver streetwise sass. After a while, this just becomes boring. Arnold is pretty much indestructible for no good reason.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
65
28th
Entertaining Ahnold movie
Rated 25 Aug 2013
71
52nd
It's not bad if you don't expect too much. Schwarzenegger's acting is pretty much delivering one liners, but the action isn't bad. It's weird seeing Dawson in this. All the stalkers were decent except for the opera guy.

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