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Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: October 2nd, 2001

R|1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary
Ray and Danny (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal) are two Chicago police detectives hot on the trail of drug kingpin Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits). They manage to nab the drug lord, but the bust is messy, and the two are suspended. While vacationing in Key West, Fla., they decide to retire from the police force and open up a bar. But when they return to Chicago and find out that Gonzales has been released on bail, they vow not to quit the force until the dangerous dealer is behind bars for good.

Cast: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Hedaya, Jon Gries

Director: Peter Hyams

Genres: Action, Comedy

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, David Foster Productions, Turman-Foster Company

Keywords: 1980s, Revenge, Amusing, Pursuit, Transformation, Playful, Friendship, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels. show more

  • There also are hints of Doug Liman and Tony Scott to be found in this hopped-up, bullet-riddled crime thriller, but while certain sequences pack an admitted visceral kick, the prevailing effect is one of utter overkill. show more

  • If Running Scared had come out in 1994, before "Pulp Fiction," it - and Kramer - would be hailed as blazingly original. But questions of originality notwithstanding, there's plenty of blazing going on here. show more

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