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Old May 28 2009, 08:38 PM   #1
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The Running Man (1987).

Fun yet smart and subtle futuristic satire on consumerism and people's diet of TV in the future. Loosely based on the Stephen King book, it has Arnold as a framed former cop that didn't commit a vicious mass murder as he plays a popular TV game show then after that try to fight the system.

It's got lots of action and suspense including a nice sense of humor, it even has a Orwell 1984-esque feel to it but for the 80's. One of my favorites!
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Old May 28 2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

It wasn't bad. Had a Trek reference I believe.
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Old May 28 2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

Whitman, Price, and Haddad really enjoyed that movie. Wonder how they are doing?

Paula coreographed the dancers.

Arnold saw what a future dystopian California would look like and thus knew he had to run for governor someday...but that is another story.
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Old May 28 2009, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

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Arnold saw what a future dystopian California would look like and thus knew he had to run for governor someday...but that is another story.
He was elected to lead us against the machines. Also Drew Carey will start a new show where prisoners are pitied against other prisoners.
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Old May 28 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

Stupid movie. Missed the whole horror aspect of the original King story. Lame "humor" and weak "action". Just not very good.
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Old May 28 2009, 10:18 PM   #6
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

I thought this movie was hilarious. I wasn't expected much, but it really cracked me up.
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Old May 28 2009, 10:21 PM   #7
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

nx1701g wrote: View Post
It wasn't bad. Had a Trek reference I believe.
Yeah Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood mac, his line was "Mr. Spock, you have the com".

He is a big Trek fan, he was also a Antedean dignitary in the episode ‘Manhunt’ from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Season Two.
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Old May 28 2009, 10:28 PM   #8
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

Haven't seen it in years, but I gotta imagine it looks dated as hell now. lol
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Old May 29 2009, 12:03 AM   #9
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

I absolutely love this movie! It's cheesy, full of one-liners from Arnie, has Jesse Ventura and Yaphet Kotto in it, and is fun. It could also prove to be somewhat prescient, with the obsession with reality TV in recent years it could be argued that the Running Man's future is slowly coming true.
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Old May 29 2009, 12:06 AM   #10
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

Brilliant movie.

Purely brilliant.

Granted, in an 80s cheese kind of way, but any movie that features Richard Dawson has my interest.
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Old May 29 2009, 12:09 AM   #11
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

"Hey Killian, here is Sub-zero, now....plain zero"


Classic Arnold.
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Old May 29 2009, 12:52 AM   #12
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

"There's nothing funny about a dickless moron with a battery up his ass."

Maria Conchita Alonso...gotta love her in there.

Even some of Arnold's non-zingers are funny "Shtap teacheeng da khanstatooshun to street punks..."

Arnold's only had a few villains better than Richard Dawson (the character's name is Killian, but come on, he's pure Dawson.)

It is defintely a dated movie in good (John Parr's hokey closing credits theme song) and bad ways (the lovely but cheesy dancers, generic b-movie "future" stylings).
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Old May 29 2009, 12:53 AM   #13
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

I've only read the book which I wholeheartedly enjoyed.
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Old May 29 2009, 01:10 AM   #14
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

It's like Death Race without the cars!

I bought the Running Man DVD on a blind buy yesterday. It was my last purchase with my employee discount before I was fired.
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Old May 29 2009, 01:19 AM   #15
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Re: The Running Man (1987).

Haggis and Tatties wrote: View Post
nx1701g wrote: View Post
It wasn't bad. Had a Trek reference I believe.
Yeah Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood mac, his line was "Mr. Spock, you have the com".

He is a big Trek fan, he was also a Antedean dignitary in the episode ‘Manhunt’ from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Season Two.
Fleetwood was actually playing himself in this movie, wasn't he?

Love that one Arnold line:

"Uplinks! Underground! Uplinks! Underground! If you don't shut up I'm going to uplink your ass, then *you'll* be underground!"
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