The Running Man

2019. A game nobody survives. This year might be the exception.

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Podcast Release Date:
May 03, 2016

Stephen King Series

Arnold Schwarzenegger, come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Running Man!

No one was interested in making movies based on the writings of Richard Bachman. His novels Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man were modest sellers that often had only one printing. More, they were dark and rough novels King wrote in his early years. That changed in 1985 when Bachman was exposed as a pen name for Stephen King. Just two years later Arnold Schwarzenegger was The Running Man -a very loose adaptation of the ’82 Bachman novel. The film is now a cult hit, fondly remembered by Generation X, but is it any good? Listen now to find out!

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Movie Details

Stephen King
Original Title
The Running Man
The Running Man
Paul Michael Glaser
George Linder, Tim Zinnemann
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre, Gus Rethwisch, Professor Toru Tanaka, Mick Fleetwood, Dweezil Zappa, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Edward Bunker, Bryan Kestner, Anthony Pena, Kurt Fuller, Ken Lerner, Dey Young, Rodger Bumpass, Dona Hardy, Lynne Marie Stewart, Bill Margolin, Tony Brubaker, Joel Kramer, Billy D. Lucas, George P. Wilbur, Thomas Rosales Jr., Sondra Holt, Daniel Celario, Mario Celario, Sidney Chankin, Kim Pawlik, Roger Kern, Barbara Lux, Franco Columbu, Lin Shaye, Boyd Kestner, Wayne Grace, Charlie Phillips, Greg Lewis, John William James, Jon Cutler, Kerry Wall, Paula Brown, Megan Gallivan, Suzie Hardy, Debby Harris, Melissa Hurley, Marlene Lange, Morgan Lawley, Cindy Millican, Andrea Moen, Mary Ann Hermansen, Karen Owens, Sharon Owens, Pamela Rossi, Mia Togo, Mel Scott-Thomas, Jon McBride, Jeff Jensen, Sandy Holt, Maureen Flaherty, Sheree Ali
1 h 41 min
Release Date
13 November 1987
Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and U.S. society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.

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