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Retro-mania: The Running Man

019. A GAME NOBODY SURVIVES. THIS YEAR MIGHT BE THE EXCEPTION.

Join us Friday, May 31st for a Retro-mania screening of Stephen King and Paul Michael Glaser's cult action movie classic THE RUNNING MAN (1987) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger!!

Show starts at 11:30pm, tickets: $12.

By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American 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.

"Beneath Paul Michael Glaser’s action film where Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on gimmicky athletes and ends every bout with a silly catchphrase, beats a movie that is quick as a whip and horrifyingly prophetic. Based on the Stephen King novel, “The Running Man” is simultaneously a vehicle for Schwarzenegger that also sneaks in a lot of commentary about society that would oddly enough come to completely fruiting by the mid to late aughts. “The Running Man” is based around a very popular and deadly reality show, steeped in a world where people risk their lives for cash and vacations for entertainment, and it’s all run by a mad man running a corporation. You can pretty much point that arrow to any one of the men running the world today. “The Running Man” is filled with fantastic action and great set pieces, as well as a dark sense of humor. The cast also bring their A game with folks like Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Jesse Ventura working well off of Schwarzenegger. Though it’s often written off as a silly futuristic action film, “The Running Man” is a clever, smart, and prophetic dark satire that holds up a shocking reflection of where we actually stand as a society in 2017." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

Showtimes: 

No screenings currently scheduled.

Directed by: 
Paul Michael Glaser
Running Time: 
101m
Country(ies): 
USA
Year: 
1987
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
Screenplay by: 
Stephen King (novel), Steven E. de Souza
Rated: 
R

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