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1980s, Action, Dystopian Future

The Running Man

Released 1987 Rating (UK) 18
Source of story Variously considered to be a novella by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) or an earlier story by Robert Sheckley.
Writer/s script Steven E. de Souza
Director Paul Michael Glaser
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jesse Ventura, Mick Fleetwood, Richard Dawson
Elevator Pitch In a state where life is totally controlled by a military elite the population is addicted to a violent game where criminals (or possibly enemies of the state) are projected into a game zone and forced to fight super killers armed with a variety of weapons. A military helicopter pilot accused of killing protesters, and a woman with whom he has become accidentally linked, are forced to participate in the game, but he proves to be more than a match for the killers.
Content Quite a bit of violence of various sorts as the hero takes on the killers and some automatic gunfire at different points. Time behind the scenes in the game show organisation. No nudity, and no sex, and really not much of a plot.
A View I thought this started off well, and apparently the game show host really was one, and some claim that he was as unpleasant behind the scenes in real life as he was in the film. But as the game progressed there was really not much opportunity for a real plot, the hero was going to overcome the killers and then take on the network. If you like Arnie choose something else.

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