18 certificateThe Running Man is a Film programme that first aired in 1987 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

The Running Man is a 3 star programme

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The Running Man (1987)

Directed by
Paul Michael Glaser

It's 2019 and criminals run amok in a society entirely governed by a totalitarian state. This government rules over everything including the media. Through this control the government ultimately controls censorship and news events that might make the government look bad are deleted.

Now Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been wrongly accused, and convicted, for a crime he did not commit and his sentence is death!

Capital Punishment in this day is carried out through the use of a futuristic televised game show that means certain death, however should the convict survive they are allowed to lead a liberated life - however this show has never seen such a winner...until now that is! This show is called "The Running Man" and is presented by the sadistic Damon Killian (Richard Dawson).

While running over wastelands, away from champions with Chain saws and sharpened hockey sticks, such as Dynamo (Erland Van Lindth), Buzzsaw (Gus Rethwisch) and SubZero (Professor Toru Tanaka), Damon Killian is busy with calls to the network about ratings.

During the game, a group of freedom warriors aided by Richards and his friends; Laughlin (Yaphet Kotto) and Weiss (Marvin J. McIntyre) break the security code for the ICS satellite and are now able to control televised broadcasting. Now they begin telling the truth about the daily evils and lies that the government commits on a regular basis.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 101 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1987

Rating:
3/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is The Running Man next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 December 30th, 1:50am and on Film4 Plus 1 December 30th, 2:50am. See more...

Cast

Image for Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger...Ben Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso...Amber Mendez
Yaphet Kotto...William Laughlin
Jim Brown...Fireball
Jesse Ventura...Cap. Freedom
Erland Van Lidth...Dynamo
Marvin J. McIntyre...Harold Weiss
Gus Rethwisch...Buzzsaw
Professor Toru Tanaka...Subzero
Mick Fleetwood...Mic
Dweezil Zappa...Stevie
Richard Dawson...Damon Killian
Karen Leigh Hopkins...Brenda
Sven-Ole Thorsen...Sven
Edward Bunker...Lenny