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The running man [blu-ray] / Taft Entertaiment Pictures ; Keith Barish Productions presents through Tri-Star Pictures ; produced by Tim Zinnemann and George Linder ; directed by Paul Michael Glaser.
Title Variants:
Bachman, Richard.

Running man.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Olive Films, [2013]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Richard Bachman.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1987.

Special features: New 2012 audio commentary with director Paul Michael Glaser.
Abstract:
Los Angeles in the year 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the global economy's total collapse. In 2019 The Running Man is the top-rated TV show, where condemned criminals are given a chance for freedom by running through a gauntlet of heavily armed killers known as Stalkers. Ben Richards an ex-cop wrongly convicted of the massacre of unarmed civilians must try and survive the Stalkers.
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MPAA rating: R.
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Directed by former Starsky and Hutch TV star Paul Michael Glaser, this post-apocalyptic science fiction yarn satirized American entertainment, mocking pro wrestling, game shows, and law-and-order reality programming. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a cop in the totalitarian America of 2019, framed for massacring rioting civilians during a famine. After escaping from jail, Richards tries to prove his innocence, but his efforts are thwarted at every turn by a regime in need of a scapegoat. Richards is captured along with an innocent civilian, Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso), and they are forced to participate in a violent game show called "The Running Man," hosted by the unctuous Damon Killian (Richard Dawson). The object of the game for Richards and Mendez: obtain freedom by staying alive against a gauntlet of skillful assassins like "Subzero" (Prof. Toru Tanaka) and "Captain Freedom" (Jesse Ventura), each armed with unique weapons like razor-sharp hockey sticks and chainsaws. With the help of some fellow "contestants," Richards is able to tap into government computers and prove his innocence. The Running Man was very loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, who wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi