The Running Man

Short description

The Running Man

The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction-action film loosely based on Richard Bachman's (A.K.A. Stephen King) 1982 novel of the same name. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown, and Richard Dawson. Director Andrew Davis was fired one week into filming and replaced by Glaser. Schwarzenegger has stated this was a "terrible decision" as Glaser "shot the movie like it was a television show, losing all the deeper themes." Schwarzenegger believes this hurt the movie. Paul O'Grady is credited with the choreography of the Running Man dance troupe.

The film, set in a dystopian America in the year 2017, is about a television show called The Running Man, where convicted criminal "runners" must escape death at the hands of professional killers.

Film summary

The Running Man
Directed byPaul Michael Glaser
Produced byGeorge Linder
Tim Zinnemann
Screenplay bySteven E. de Souza
Based onThe Running Man 
by Richard Bachman
StarringArnold Schwarzenegger
Richard Dawson
María Conchita Alonso
Yaphet Kotto
Music byHarold Faltermeyer
CinematographyThomas Del Ruth
Editing byJohn Wright
Mark Roy Warner
Edward A. Warschilka
StudioRepublic Pictures
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 13, 1987 (1987-11-13)
Running time101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$27 million
Box office$38,122,105

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