The Running Man (1987)

Yaphet Kotto in The Running Man Film
Yaphet Kotto as William Laughlin

The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown, and Richard Dawson (in his final film). Director Andrew Davis was fired one week into filming and replaced by Glaser. Schwarzenegger has stated this was a “terrible decision” as Glaser “shot the movie like it was a television show, losing all the deeper themes.” Schwarzenegger believes this hurt the movie. Paula Abdul is credited with the choreography of the Running Man dance troupe.

The film, set in a dystopian America between 2017 and 2019, is about a television show called The Running Man, where convicted criminal “runners” must escape death at the hands of professional killers.

Cast:

  • Yaphet Kotto                       …        William Laughlin
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger       …        Ben Richards
  • Maria Conchita Alonso        …        Amber Mendez
  • Jim Brown                              …        Fireball
  • Jesse Ventura                         …        Captain Freedom
  • Erland van Lidth                   …        Dynamo (as Erland Van Lidth)
  • 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 (as Sven Thorsen)
  • Edward Bunker                    …        Lenny (as Eddie Bunker)
  • Bryan Kestner                      …        Med Tech
  • Anthony Pena                      …        Valdez (as Anthony Penya)
  • Kurt Fuller                           …        Tony
  • Ken Lerner                          …        Agent (as Kenneth Lerner)
  • Dey Young                           …        Amy
  • Rodger Bumpass                …        Phil Hilton (voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
  • Donna Hardy                      …        Mrs. McArdle (as Dona Hardy)
  • Lynne Marie Stewart        …        Edith Wiggins (as Lynne Stewart)
  • Bill Margolin                      …        Leon
  • Tony Brubaker                   …        Soldier #1 (as Anthony Brubaker)
  • Joel Kramer                        …        Soldier #2
  • Billy D. Lucas                     …        Soldier #3 (as Billy Lucas)
  • George P. Wilbur               …        Lieutenant Saunders
  • Thomas Rosales Jr.           …        Chico (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
  • Sondra Holt                        …        Suzie Checkpoint
  • Daniel Celario                    …        Barrio Foreman #1
  • Mario Celario                     …        Barrio Foreman #2
  • Sidney Chankin                 …        Custodian
  • Kim Pawlik                         …        Newscaster
  • Roger Kern                         …        Travel Pass Guard
  • Barbara Lux                       …        Elderly Lady
  • Franco Columbu               …        911 Security Officer #2
  • Lin Shaye                           …        Propaganda Officer
  • Boyd Kestner                    …        Yuppie Yeller (as Boyd R. Kestner)
  • Wayne Grace                    …        911 Security Officer #1
  • Charlie Phillips                …        Teenage Punk
  • Greg Lewis                        …        Manager Locker Room
  • John William James       …        Barrio Bettor
  • Jon Cutler                         …        Underground Tech
  • Kerry Wall                        …        Dancer (as Kerry Brennan)
  • Paula Brown                    …        Dancer
  • Megan Gallivan               …        Dancer
  • Suzie Hardy                     …        Dancer
  • Debby Harris                   …        Dancer
  • Melissa Hurley                …        Dancer
  • Marlene Lange                …        Dancer
  • Morgan Lawley               …        Dancer
  • Cindy Millican                …        Dancer
  • Andrea Moen                  …        Dancer
  • Mary Ann Hermansen  …        Dancer (as Mary Ann Oedy)
  • Karen Owens                  …        Dancer
  • Sharon Owens                …        Dancer
  • Pamela Rossi                  …        Dancer
  • Mia Togo                         …        Dancer

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

  • Maureen Flaherty                     …        (uncredited)
  • Sandy Holt                                 …        Woman in Airport (uncredited)
  • Jeff Jensen                                 …        (uncredited)
  • Jon McBride                              …        Locker Room Viewer (uncredited)
  • Mel Scott-Thomas                    …        (uncredited)

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