In the year 2019 an innocent man accused of a crime has a choice -Hard Time or Prime Time. He must pay or play The Running Man - the highest rated Television Show in history. It's a game between life and death but tonight the game is going to be different - Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Running Man. He's playing for a prize - the prize is his life. From now the rules are going to change... forever.
Dated, cheesy Arnie vehicle – but I kind of enjoyed it :)
- The Running Man review by RP
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OK, so it's a dated, cheesy Arnie vehicle from 25 years ago – but I like it. Not only does it fall into the 'so bad it's good' category, but it has a number of really quirky things about it. For a start, the director is Paul Michael Glaser, perhaps best known for playing the character Starsky in the 1970s TV series 'Starsky and Hutch'. And Mick Fleetwood, drummer and founder member of Fleetwood Mac plays 'Mic' the leader of the resistance. And there's more: Frank Zappa's son Dweezil (???!!!) has a part as 'Stevie', a member of the resistance. And a leading member of Fleetwood Mac is another Stevie, Stevie Nicks. Coincidence? I don't think so...
As far as the film goes, it's yet another Arnie sci-fi vehicle, full of running, mayhem, and assorted violent acts which result in the death of just about everyone but Arnie. He plays Ben Richards, aka 'The Butcher of Bakersfield', who was framed for his role in the Bakersfield massacre. He gets the chance to earn his freedom by taking part in a TV show, a sort of futuristic and deadly 'Gladiators'. The TV show is (of course) rigged, but Arnie (of course) outwits his pursuers, kills them (of course), and (of course) returns to fulfil his promise of 'I'll be back' - you get the picture. It's worth 2/5 stars but I'll give it 3/5 stars - because I did kind of enjoy it :)